Morgan Stanley predicts no interest rate cuts in India for FY25

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Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
NEW YOIRK, 17th April.
Morgan Stanley said on Tuesday that India’s strong growth trend, driven by capex and productivity, implies interest rates could be higher for longer.

Morgan Stanley on Tuesday said the interest rate cuts in India are ‘off the table’ in fiscal year 2024-25 given the change in the Federal Reserve’s policy path and strong growth in India.

It expects the momentum of capital expenditure to pick up in a sustained manner, creating a ‘virtuous cycle of growth’.

Stanley expects a delayed start to the Fed’s easing cycle, with the first rate cut likely in July, and sees a total of 75 bps of US rate cuts in 2024 and a shallower cycle next year.

“We believe that improving productivity growth, rising investment rate, and inflation tracking above the target of 4%, alongside a higher terminal Fed funds rate, warrant higher real rates,” economists Upasana Chachra and Bani Gambhir wrote.

They added with India’s key policy rate expected to be steady at 6.5% in the financial year ending March 31, real rates should average 200 basis points (bps).

Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee has kept the key repo rate unchanged for a seventh straight meeting earlier this month.

The central bank seeks to ensure inflation aligns durably and sustainably to its 4% target.

Morgan Stanley said that a higher terminal Fed funds rates expose the Indian economy to some degree of external risks as strength in the dollar could weigh on the rupee and increase risks of imported inflation, warranting a cautious monetary stance.

It expects a delayed start to the Fed’s easing cycle, with the first rate cut likely in July, and sees a total of 75 bps of US rate cuts in 2024 and a shallower cycle next year.

Economists Upasana Chachra and Bani Gambhir wrote “We believe that improving productivity growth, rising investment rate, and inflation tracking above the target of 4%, alongside a higher terminal Fed funds rate, warrant higher real rates,”.

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