Based on current and evolving macroeconomic situations, the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee decided to cut the repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility by 35 basis points from 5.75 percent to 5.40 percent. This is the fourth time in a row that the RBI has cut the repo rate this calendar year (2019). In the last three monetary policy reviews, the rate cut is by 25 basis points.
Repo rate is the benchmark-lending rate at which the central bank of the country lends money to commercial banks for about 7 to 14 days in the event of any shortfall of funds. The repo rate acts as a floor below which the short term interest rates don’t go. The repo rate is used by the central bank to control inflation. A decrease in repo rate means lower cost of short term money which reduces the EMIs on home and auto loans and the debt repayment burden, boosting economic growth.
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