Money & Banking

RBI to close special liquidity window for MFs

PTI Mumbai | Updated on October 29, 2013 Published on October 29, 2013

With the improvement in liquidity conditions, the Reserve Bank of India has decided to close the special window for commercial banks to meet the cash requirements of mutual funds (MFs) with immediate effect.

RBI, in July, had opened a special borrowing window of Rs 25,000 crore to help the crisis-ridden mutual funds tide over liquidity problems.

“With the normalisation of exceptional measures and taking into consideration the improvement in liquidity conditions since then, it has been decided to close this window with immediate effect,” RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today said in the second quarter monetary policy review.

RBI, on July 17, had opened a special three-day repo auction under which banks would be encouraged to raise funds totalling Rs 25,000 crore at 10.25 per cent for onlending to mutual funds.

The last time RBI had opened such a facility was in 2008, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered a chain reaction and caused a global financial crisis that sent fixed income markets in a tizzy.

At the end of September quarter, assets under management (AUMs) of the mutual fund industry fell 4.5 per cent to Rs 8.08 lakh crore from Rs 8.46 lakh crore in the previous three-month period.

Published on October 29, 2013
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