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Last Updated : May 11, 2016 07:55 AM IST | Source: PTI

Window to ease key rates likely in second half of 2016: DBS

The Reserve Bank's window for another rate cut will open up only in the second half of this year, says a DBS report.


The Reserve Bank's window for another rate cut will open up only in the second half of this year, says a DBS report.


According to the global financial services major, the Central bank is likely to adopt a 'wait-and-see' mode in June as much of the emphasis would be on ensuring an effective policy transmission process.


"India's monetary policy direction is likely to remain inflation-dependent, with a window to ease rates to reopen in the second half of the year," DBS said in a research note.

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The CPI inflation trajectory has by far stuck to the central bank's path. From 5.5 per cent in January-February this year, CPI inflation eased to 4.8 per cent in March.


A modest rise in commonly-used vegetable prices and increase in retail fuel prices is likely to lift April's CPI to 5.2 percent, the global brokerage said, adding that the May-June readings are likely to hover below 5 percent, excluding one-off influences.


Rainfall strength and impact on food supplies will be a key influence on the September quarter trends.


"In the absence of supply shocks, inflation is unlikely to pose a threat to the central bank's targets. This should pave the way for the central bank to lower the benchmark rates by another 25 bps in the third quarter, before entering a pause mode," DBS said.


Moreover, the 7th Pay Commission disbursal is also expected to stroke inflation expectations.


"The increase in the housing rent allowance solely will lead to a mechanical rise in the headline inflation when implemented. Rate cut expectations will get derailed if any of these factors distort inflation readings by a significant measure over this quarter and the next," the report said.


Last month RBI reduced its policy rate by 0.25 per cent to 6.5 per cent -- its lowest level in more than five years.


While this was the first rate cut after a gap of six months, RBI has lowered its rate by 1.5 per cent cumulatively since January 2015.

However, the industry still wants further rate cuts from RBI to boost investment.



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First Published on May 10, 2016 04:12 pm
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