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 »