Tight Monetary Stance to Persist Amid Global Economic Resilience : HDFC Bank Chief Economist Abheek Barua

On the regulatory front, Abheek Barua of HDFC Bank welcomed the RBI's decision to review the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) framework in light of deposit volatility stemming from round-the-clock transfer facilities


Ahmedabad : Abheek Barua, Chief Economist at HDFC Bank, offered insights into the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) recent policy announcement, highlighting the global economic context and its implications on monetary policy decisions. Despite global trends indicating economic resilience, central banks worldwide have maintained tight monetary policies to tackle inflationary pressures, a trend echoed by the RBI in its latest policy stance.

In today’s policy announcement, the RBI opted to keep its policy rate and stance unchanged, citing the need to address inflation challenges effectively. Despite acknowledging a moderation in inflation, the central bank remains committed to a tight monetary stance, emphasizing the importance of sustaining growth momentum while curbing inflationary risks. Consequently, the likelihood of a rate cut has been deferred to the latter half of FY25, reflecting the RBI’s cautious approach towards monetary policy adjustments.

Moreover, the RBI underlined its commitment to maintaining exchange rate stability, signaling resistance against significant rupee depreciation amidst recent global volatility. Conversely, the central bank indicated a willingness to bolster foreign exchange reserves, suggesting potential hurdles for rupee appreciation in the coming quarters, primarily driven by bond inflows and other factors.

On the regulatory front, Barua welcomed the RBI’s decision to review the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) framework in light of deposit volatility stemming from round-the-clock transfer facilities. While awaiting further details on the review, the move signifies the RBI’s proactive stance towards enhancing regulatory frameworks to address evolving market dynamics.

Barua’s analysis sheds light on the multifaceted approach adopted by the RBI in navigating economic challenges amidst a backdrop of global uncertainty. As monetary authorities balance growth objectives with inflation containment measures, the trajectory of monetary policy adjustments and regulatory reforms will play a pivotal role in shaping India’s economic landscape in the coming quarters. Investors and stakeholders await further developments and clarity on the RBI’s policy stance and regulatory initiatives as the economic environment continues to evolve.