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  • India - Respecting the red line - Updated Wed February 12, 2014

    • FM is likely to meet the FY14 fiscal deficit target of 4.8% of GDP, project a FY15 deficit at 4.2% • Spending cuts, higher non-tax revenues will allow adherence to the fiscal consolidation plan • Gross borrowing likely to be c.INR 5.8-6.0tn; w...

  • India – Hawkish RBI in action - Updated Fri September 20, 2013

    • RBI unexpectedly hikes the repo rate to contain inflation; we expect another 50bps of hikes in Q3-FY14 • Despite our higher inflation forecasts, more easing of liquidity conditions is likely, including a 50bps reduction in the MSF • We expect th...

  • India – RBI unexpectedly hikes repo rate - Updated Fri September 20, 2013

    Event – The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) surprised the market today by hiking the repo rate by 25bps to 7.50%. Although a reduction in the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate by 75bps to 9.50%, and a marginal relaxation in the minimum daily mainte...

  • India – RBI’s Rajan to debut on a cautious note - Updated Tue September 17, 2013

    • RBI’s Rajan to stay focused on inflation; major announcement likely to be deferred • Marginal tweaking of liquidity-tightening measures likely to support market sentiment • Rates market is positioned light; stay Neutral on GoISec duration • F...

  • India – New RBI governor outlines his priorities - Updated Thu September 5, 2013

    FX market stability is the immediate focus; RBI provides incentives for banks to raise more USDs • Containing inflation will remain a priority; increased transparency in monetary policy stressed • Financial-market reform and deepening financial m...

  • India: Cautious about USD 11bn package - Updated Tue August 13, 2013

    Finance minister expects USD 11bn of incremental inflows in FY14 once new measures are implemented • Fresh inflows should help the external sector, but limited details on these measures keep us cautious • We stay Neutral on the INR and expect a sh...

  • India – RBI focuses on INR stability with a hope of easing ahead - Updated Tue July 30, 2013

    • RBI leaves policy rates unchanged; a dovish policy statement focuses on currency stability • Reversal of liquidity-tightening measures and a return to monetary policy easing depends on INR stability • Presses for urgent action to reduce C/A def...

  • India – RBI acts decisively - Updated Tue July 16, 2013

    RBI takes strong steps to tighten INR liquidity, reversing its recent monetary-easing stance • Decisive action could lead to a short-term rebound in the INR, but more measures are needed to tackle structural challenges • Rates market sentiment lik...

  • India – INR at 60: More pain than gain - Updated Wed June 26, 2013

    • Weaker INR could reverse some recent improvements in India’s macroeconomic conditions • Inflation, fiscal deficit may worsen; positive C/A impact is unlikely, and capital flows may slow • Kick-starting the investment cycle is crucial, as other ...

  • INR – The pain is not in the price yet [Correction] - Updated Mon June 24, 2013

    FOR DISTRIBUTION IN INDIA • This supersedes the version dated 21 June 2013. Page 1, corrects recommendation for Indian importers. • USD-INR is likely to extend gains into early Q3 on Fed QE tapering concerns, capital outflows • We look for a par...

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