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The Bank of India has decided to maintain the current stance regarding rate levels but economists at Standard Chartered Bank are forecasting rate cuts in the coming months. 

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“The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting has surprised the market again even as the policy rate was left unchanged at 5.15%. All six members voted for a pause and to maintain the accommodative stance. The MPC also hinted at possible future rate cuts given the subdued growth recovery, despite revising its H1-FY21 inflation forecast to 5.4-5.0%, higher than our average forecast of 4.4%.”

“Q3-FY21 CPI is expected to fall to 3.2%, below its mandated 4% threshold.” 

“We maintain our view of 40bps of repo rate cuts to 4.75% in FY21; we see 25bps being delivered in August as we also expect CPI to fall below MPC’s threshold amid a gradual GDP recovery to 5.6% growth in FY21 from 5% in FY20.”