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RBI hikes repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.9%; EMIs set to rise again

RBI rate hike: The Reserve Bank's rate-setting panel on Wednesday started deliberations on the keenly awaited monetary policy amidst the expectation of 50 basis points hike.

Abhro Banerjee Edited By: Abhro Banerjee @AbhroBanerjee1 New Delhi Updated on: September 30, 2022 10:50 IST
If the rate hike is approved, it will be forth time in a
Image Source : PTI If the rate hike is approved, it will be forth time in a row.

RBI rate hike: Reserve Bank of India hiked the repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.9%. This is the fourth hike in a row. With the latest hike, the repo rate or the short-term lending rate at which banks borrow from the central bank is now close to 6 per cent. This is the fourth consecutive rate hike after a 40 basis points increase in May and 50 basis point hike each in June and August. In all, RBI has raised benchmark rate by 1.90 per cent since May this year.

The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das decided in favour of the rate hike. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation, which RBI factors in while fixing its benchmark rate, stood at 7 per cent in August. Retail inflation has been ruling above the RBI's comfort level of 6 per cent since January this year. 

Das retained the inflation projection at 6.7 per cent for the current fiscal while slashing real GDP growth estimate to 7 per cent from earlier forecast of 7.2 per cent for FY'23.

The latest RBI action follows the US Federal Reserve affecting the third consecutive 0.75 percentage point interest rate increase, taking its benchmark rate to a range of 3-3.25 per cent earlier this month. 

Also Read: RBI set for fourth straight rate hike to quell inflation, say experts

 

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