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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 the second bi-monthly monetary policy for FY21, the RBI Monetary Policy Committee unanimously decided to maintain status quo on policy rates, given the current growth-inflation dynamics. The Repo rate is unchanged at 4%, the reverse repo rate at 3.35%.The bank rate and the Marginal Standing Facility rate remain unchanged at 4.25%.
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CPI
Consumer Price Index (Combined) for August 2020 printed below market expectations at 6.69% on a year on year basis as compared to 6.73% in July 2020.
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Index Of Industrial Production (IIP)
IIP growth for July 2020 printed better at -10.4% as against -15.8% recorded in June 2020, on a year on year basis.
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WPI
Headline WPI inflation for August 2020 printed higher than market expectations at 0.16% as compared to -0.58% in July 2020, on a year on year basis, mainly on the basis of price uptick in primary articles and manufactured products.
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