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RBI Absorbs ₹44,430 Crore Through VRRR Auctions

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) conducted two variable rate reverse repo (VRRR) auctions totaling ₹44,430 crore, aiming to absorb surplus liquidity from the banking system. Despite the central bank’s readiness to absorb up to ₹1-lakh crore, banks utilized only a portion of the available amount.

VRRR Auction Details

In the first auction, banks deployed ₹32,576 crore out of the notified amount of ₹50,000 crore, at a weighted average rate of 6.49 percent. This move came as the liquidity surplus approached ₹1 trillion, prompting the RBI to take action to manage overnight money market rates.

Market Analysis

The liquidity surplus in the banking system reached ₹98,920 crore, leading to a decline in overnight money market rates. With the call rate dropping below the repo rate, the RBI intervened to maintain stability by conducting the VRRR auction.

Market Outlook

Market participants anticipate continued surplus liquidity in the current month, though some fluctuations may occur due to external factors such as elections. Despite potential challenges, liquidity has remained largely in surplus throughout April, signaling ongoing market stability.

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