India hikes foreign currency deposit rates

MUMBAI, Nov 28 (AsiaPulse) – Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on
Wednesday hiked interest rates on Non-Resident (External) Rupee
term deposits and Foreign Currency Non-Resident (Banks)
deposits, a move expected to increase the flow of foreign
exchange amid the weakening domestic currency. “Interest rates on fresh Non-Resident (External) Rupee (NRE)
Term Deposits for 1-3 years maturity should not exceed the
LIBOR/SWAP rates plus 275 basis points, as on the last working
day of the previous month, for US dollar of corresponding
maturities,” RBI said in a notification.

The interest rates will also be applicable to deposits with
the maturity period exceeding three years and to deposits
renewed after their present maturity period.

The interest rate on NRE deposits was LIBOR/SWAP rates, plus
175 basis points since November, 2008.

The LIBOR rate is the average interest rate that leading
banks in London charge when lending to other banks. The SWAP
rate is the exchange rate associated with the fixed portion of
a currency swap. The revised rate will come into force with immediate

“Interest rate on FCNR(B) deposits of all maturities
contracted effective from the close of business in India as on
November 23, 2011, will be within the ceiling rate of LIBOR