When does RBI hike interest rate?

When does RBI hike interest rate?
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Last updated on September 30th, 2022 at 11:00 am

When does RBI hike the interest rate?

The functioning of all the banks of India is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). RBI regularly reviews rates as part of its monetary policy to ensure a robust economy and takes requires actions which include revision in Repo Rates and Reverse Repo Rates to control liquidity in the economy and inflation of the country.

What is Repo Rate?

A Repo rate is a rate at which the central bank of any country (i.e. RBI in India) lends money to commercial banks, in case of a shortfall of funds. So, when banks are short of funds, they borrow funds from RBI at the repo rate. It is a benchmark rate for short-term lending by RBI and is also known as the “Bank Rate”. In short, the repo rate is a rate at which liquidity is injected into the system.

What is the Reverse Repo Rate?

A Reverse Repo Rate is a rate at which RBI borrows money from other banks for the short term. This is the rate at which the liquidity is absorbed from the banks.

Why does RBI hike the interest rate?

Generally, RBI hikes the repo rate to control inflation.

Similarly, RBI hikes the reverse repo rate to absorb the excess liquidity in the market.

What happens when the Repo rate is hiked?

It becomes costlier to borrow money from RBI when the Repo rate is hiked. In turn, banks too increase the interest rate of loans lent to their clients.

With the increasing borrowing rate, customers are discouraged to borrow money from banks. This reduces the availability of funds with the customers.

At the same time, as banks find it difficult to borrow at a repo rate, they may increase their deposit rates to attract deposits.

This reduces liquidity in the market. With less money available with end-users, they get less money to spend. This controls inflation. (Read – RBI rate cut – Its impact and detailed analysis)

What happens when the Reverse Repo rate is hiked?

The banks receive higher interest on their deposits with RBI when the Reverse repo rate is hiked which encourages banks to keep money with RBI as deposits with RBI are always safe and with a higher Reverse repo rate, the interest income earned by banks is more. As a result, the excess liquidity available with banks is absorbed.

A rate hike is done to:

  • decrease the inflation 
  • to reduce the liquidity in the market and
  • when the economy is growing at a rapid rate

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