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Omicron concerns: 'Reverse Repo' hike can wait, says SBI Ecowrap
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Omicron concerns: 'Reverse Repo' hike can wait, says SBI Ecowrap
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Mumbai, Dec 5 (TIWN) The need to raise 'Reverse Repo' rate during the upcoming monetary policy review "can wait" till concerns over Covid-19's new variant --Omicron are addressed, said SBI Ecowrap report.

Lately, concerns have risen over Omicron’s impact on growth.  The monetary policy review is slated for December 6-8.  It is widely expected that RBI’s MPC will maintain a status-quo in key lending rates.  At present, the MPC of the central bank has maintained the repo rate, or short-term lending rate, for commercial banks, at 4 per cent.  Consequently, the reverse repo rate was kept unchanged at 3.35 per cent.  Besides, system liquidity remains in the surplus mode with the average daily net absorption under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) at Rs 7.6 lakh crore in November 2021.  However, the RBI has made a calibrated progress towards liquidity normalisation since the October policy with amount parked in overnight fixed reverse repo declining to Rs 2.6 lakh crore from Rs 3.4 lakh crore at pre-October policy.  “Against this background, we believe the talks of a reverse repo rate hike in the MPC meeting may be premature as RBI has been largely able to narrow the corridor without the noise of rate hikes and ensuing market cacophony,” the report said.

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