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According to analysts at Standard Chartered, the recent decline in crude oil prices, lower-than-expected domestic food price momentum, and concerns around global and domestic growth have raised the odds of a prolonged pause by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

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“While we remain watchful of these risks, we maintain our call that the MPC will hike the repo rate by 50bps to 7%. However, we now expect the hikes to be delivered in H1-FY20 (year ending March 2020) versus our previous call of a rate hike before the end of FY19.”

“We lower our FY19 CPI inflation forecast to 4% from 4.6% and correspondingly adjust our FY20 forecast to 4.9% from 5.1%.”

“Given the MPC’s mandate to keep CPI inflation at 4% (+/-2%) on a durable basis and a preference to keep real rates at 175-200bps, we expect repo rate hikes in H1-FY20.”