Archive for November 4th, 2009

IMF Sells 200 Tonnes of Gold to RBI


IMF Sells 200 Tonnes of Gold to RBI

The International Monetary Fund has sold 200 tonnes of gold to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for $6.7 billion in order to shore up the Fund’s finances to enable it to boost the concessional lending to the world’s poorest countries.

This sale of gold to India represents almost half of 403.3 tonnes of total sales volume, which was approved by the IMF Executive Board September 18.

IMF said that the transaction involved daily sales, which were phased over a period of two-week during October 19-30.

The price at which the each daily sale was conducted was set on the basis of market prices prevailing that day, it said.

This deal will increase India’s gold holdings to the tenth largest among the Central banks.


“I strongly welcome this transaction with the Reserve Bank of India,” Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn stated.

“This transaction is an important step toward achieving the objectives of the IMF”s limited gold sales programme, which are to help put the Fund”s finances on a sound long-term footing and enable us to step up much-needed concessional lending to the poorest countries.”


The IMF, which currently holds 3,217 tonnes of gold, is the third-largest official holder of the precious metal after the US and Germany.

The IMF has made gold sales a key element of its new income model aimed at lowering its dependence on lending revenue to cover expenses.

Under the Fund’s Articles of Agreement, all gold sales must be conducted at prices based on market prices, including direct sales to official holders as in the case of this transaction with India, the IMF said.

The Group of 20 key developed and developing countries, at their April summit in London, agreed the gold sales should allow the IMF to offer favourable conditions on loans to the poorest countries.


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Imposition of Addl. Margin on Turmeric

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri updates in the country.

Imposition of Addl. Margin on Turmeric

Imposition of Addl. Margin on Turmeric

Imposition of Addl. Margin on Turmeric

As per notification & NCDEX Bye laws, Rules and Regulations of the Exchange, in addition to existing margins, special margin of 10% on long side will further be imposed on all running contracts of Turmeric (Symbol : TMCFGRNZM), effective from the beginning of trading day November 4, 2009.

Thus the total special margin on the long side of all running contracts and yet to be launched contracts in Turmeric shall be 20% with effect from November 4, 2009.



In Other major Agri Updates we can see that Corn, Soybeans have Dropped as rally to One-Week High may erode Demand whereas Strong Demand has kept Cardamom firm.


Corn, Soybeans Drop as Rally to One-Week High

May Erode Demand :

Corn and soybeans declined for the first time in three days on speculation that their rally to one-week highs may reduce demand for U.S. supplies.

Wheat climbed. Corn gained 6.6 percent the past two days and the oil-seed rose 3.5 percent after wet, freezing weather delayed Midwest harvests last month.

As well production in the U.S. may be curbed by above factors. USA is the largest grower and exporter of both crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will update its crop forecasts on Nov. 10.

The soybean crop will reach 3.325 billion bushels, less than the Oct. 7 forecast of 3.411 billion, the Linn Group said.

Last month, the USDA predicted a record 3.25 billion bushels, up from 2.967 billion collected in 2008.


In another Update,

Demand keeps cardamom firm :

The average cardamom prices vacillated between Rs 670 and Rs 710 a kg during last week at auctions held in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and good demand despite heavy arrivals.

In fact, the arrivals at the KCPMC auction on Sunday at Vandanmettu were the highest with 75 tonnes, ever since the commencement of e-auction in December 2007.

Buyers both domestic and export were active.

Around 35 to 40 tonnes of cardamom was bought by exporters. North Indian buyers were covering for their requirements for the winter.

They were actively buying on the apprehension that the prices might go up further in the coming days due to a likely squeeze in supply once the peak harvesting season gets over.

The weighted average price as on November 1, 2009 stood at Rs 681.11 a kg as against Rs 593.83 a kg on the same day last season.


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RBI And Its Policies – Part 1

Hello Friends, last month we witnessed loads of action with the RBI’s monetary policy being laid down.

However here we bring more on the RBI policies and projections.

RBI policies and projections

RBI policies and projections


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) laid the groundwork on Tuesday i.e. on 27th Oct in its monetary policy for a rise in interest rates by tightening credit to the commercial property sector, lifting its inflation forecast and warning of the threat of asset price bubbles.


The RBI had injected in massive liquidity in the banking system in the past one year or so to help revive the domestic economy in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

For now, the Reserve Bank has decided to keep the policy repo rate unchanged at 4.75 per cent, the reverse repo rate unchanged at 3.25 per cent and the (Cash Reserve Ratio) CRR of banks unchanged at 5 per cent of their (NDTL).

The following measures constitute the first phase of ‘exit’:

– The Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR), which has earlier been reduced from 25 per cent of NDTL to 24 per cent, is being restored to 25 per cent.

-The limit for export credit refinance facility, which was raised to 50 per cent of eligible outstanding export credit, is being returned to the pre-crisis level of 15 per cent.

The two unconventional refinance facilities:

(i) special refinance facility for scheduled commercial banks; and

(ii) special term repo facility for scheduled commercial banks [for funding to Mutual Funds (MFs), Non-banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs)] are being discontinued with immediate effect.


Further, the liabilities of scheduled banks arising from transactions in Collateralized Borrowing and Lending Obligations (CBLO) with Clearing Corporation of India Ltd. (CCIL) would now be subject to the maintenance of the CRR.


Stay Tuned for more on this in our coming blogs.

We would cover Monetary Projections of RBI and Economy scenario and indicators at the moment.