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Interest rates expected to be stable for now: Kamath

Interest rates expected to be stable for now: Kamath
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First Published: Thu, May 08 2008. 04 19 PM IST
Updated: Thu, May 08 2008. 04 19 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: Interest rates are expected to remain stable for now despite the Reserve Bank squeezing money supply through a hike in percentage of cash that banks must keep in reserve, ICICI managing director and CEO K V Kamath said on 8 May.
“At this point of time I think no change (in interest rate) is seen,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a presentation by renowned economist C K Prahlad.
Kamath said at this point of time the market has not judged which way interest rates are going, but if yield on 10-year government bond is taken as an indicator, there is in fact a drop in interest rates.
Bankers and market players will need signals as to what is the true level of interest rates, he said.
The Reserve Bank had last month announced a 0.25% hike in cash reserve ratio to 8.25% to reduce money supply in the banking system.
On rising global crude oil prices, which has crossed the $122.31 a barrel mark, Kamath said its impact has to be seen.
“Given drivers of our growth, impact of oil in day to day life is getting less. This is not to say that it is not a pain but pain could be borne,” he said.
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First Published: Thu, May 08 2008. 04 19 PM IST