Post demonetization of higher value currency notes on November 8, the Indian banks witnessed a huge inflow of cash. So far banks have received deposits worth over Rs 12.4 lakh crores in scraped currency notes. A sudden spurt in cash levels has led to excess liquidity in the banking system. It has also forced the banks to park excess liquidity in safe haven government bonds. However, a large portion of cash deposits is expected to be pulled out from banks in the near-term. But despite expected cash withdrawals, liquidity in the banking system is set to improve in medium to long-term.
Improvement in liquidity will force banks to ease interest rates. At the same time, it will also push banks to accelerate lending operations. However, conventional methods (word of mouth, reading newspapers, cold-calls and referrals) to augment lending are no longer relevant in the today’s digital world. Hence, banks will have to explore new and smart ways to reach out to the prospective clients. Read the rest of this entry »
Indian banks tend to take on more risks during an upturn in credit growth while non-performing loans (NPLs) of private banks are more reactive to changes in interest rates, according to the recent RBI working paper. The report highlighted a one percent increase in loan growth leads to a 4.3 percent rise in NPLs over total advances (NPL ratio) in the long run.
Post demonetization of higher currency notes, banks have received whopping Rs 12.4 lakh crore in cash deposits. Some portion of these cash deposits is expected to remain with banks, which will improve liquidity in the system. It will enable banks to ease interest rates and boost lending operations.
In trade deals, customers and sellers have conflicting objectives. Every seller wishes to get paid immediately. On the other hand, customer wants longer credit period. In such situations, bill discounting can help both the parties. The product/ services provider can get money instantly from bank/ financial institution after making payment of discounting charges. Then the seller can offer credit period to customer. And on due date, the bank can collect the payment from the customer. It is win-win situation for both customer and seller.
Commodities trading in India has a very rich history. In fact the first organized futures market that was set up in India was for a commodity – Bombay Cotton Trade Association. Since then, trading in commodities has always been the preserve of big traders, commodity powerhouses and institutional investors.
The advent of electronic trading in commodities in India in December 2003 has opened the field for more participation into the markets. However, the commodities segment in India still lags the equities segment in terms of adoption of technology for building advanced and informative trading platforms. Most of the prevalent commodities trading platforms in India still offer only basic features such as buying – selling, watchlist and charts. Read the rest of this entry »