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RBI to launch CPI-indexed bonds by December end

RBI (1)

The apex bank stated that inflation-indexed securities for retail investors of 10-year tenor would be linked to the new (combined) consumer price index

RBI (1)New Delhi: The Reserve Bank today said it will launch CPI-indexed bonds aimed at protecting the savings of retail investors from the impact of price rise by the end of next month.

On the sidelines of a National Housing Bank event, RBI Deputy Governor H R Khan said, “Guidelines will be out soon. We are likely to launch the first tranche before end of December. We will come out with details (quantum).”

“This year it should be between Rs 10,000-15,000 crore (wholesale price and consumer price indexed bonds) but exact amount will come out. This is part of overall borrowing program,” he said.

The RBI in its policy statement last month had said inflation-indexed securities for retail investors of 10-year tenor would be linked to the new (combined) consumer price index. Interest would be compounded half-yearly and paid cumulatively at redemption, according to the statement.

Inflation-indexed bonds were designed to offer investors an option to guard their savings against price rises and dissuade them from buying gold. The bonds are part of the government’s borrowing program.

The government had announced plans to issue Rs 12,000-15,000 crore of inflation-indexed bonds with 10-year maturity in tranches during the current financial year. While the first series of bonds was open to all categories of investors, the second series will be exclusively for retail investors.

PTI

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