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An Interest Rate Swap (IRS) is a financial contract between two parties exchanging or swapping a stream of interest payments for a `notional principal’ amount on multiple occasions during a specified period. Such contracts generally involve exchange of a `fixed to floating’ or `floating to floating’ rates of interest. Accordingly, on each payment date - that occurs during the swap period - cash payments based on fixed/ floating and floating rates, are made by the parties to one another.
 
In India interest rate swaps are commonly traded on 2 benchmarks viz MIBOR and MIFOR. Scheduled commercial banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks), primary dealers (PDs) and all-India financial institutions (FIs) are free to undertake IRS as a product for their own balance sheet management or for market making. CCIL has, with effect from 28th March, 2014 commenced CCP clearing for IRS trades referenced to the MIBOR and MIOIS benchmark.
 
On 3rd August, 2015 CCIL launched an anonymous electronic trading platform for Interest Rate Swaps (IRS) referenced to Overnight MIBOR benchmark known as ASTROID (Anonymous System for Trading in Rupee OTC Interest Rate Derivatives). The system is available for trading from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday. The minimum lot size is Rs 5 Crs with a tick size of 0.0025%.
 
 
 

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RBI MPC
In view of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation and the need to provide further liquidity support, MPC voted to reduce the policy repo rate by 40 bps in an unscheduled meeting held on May 22, 2020. Currently the key policy rates stand as follows: Repo Rate: 4.00%, Reverse Repo Rate: 3.35% and Marginal Standing Facility Rate at 4.25%.
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CPI
Due to the Lockdown announced by the government in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis The CPI combined General Index was not published for the month of May-20. However, some major indices have been published with available information.
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Index Of Industrial Production (IIP)
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WPI
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CFPI
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