Marginal Standing Facility

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Marginal standing facility (MSF) is a window for banks to borrow from the Reserve Bank of India in an emergency situation when inter-bank liquidity dries up completely.

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MSF Description

  • Banks borrow from the RBI by pledging government securities at a rate greater than the repo rate under LAF (liquidity adjustment facility).
  • The MSF rate is pegged 100 basis points or a percentage point above the repo rate.
  • Under MSF, banks can borrow funds up to one percentage of their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL).
  • The minimum amount for which RBI receives application is Rs.1 Crore, and afterwards in multiples of Rs.1 Crore.

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Difference between MSF and Repo Rate

  • The difference between the MSF and the repo rate is that MSF is used only in emergency situations.
  • The RBI does this to control interest rate volatility by allowing commercial banks to borrow against government securities at a higher rate than the prevailing repo rate (1 percentage point higher).
  • Another difference with the repo rate is that banks can pledge government securities from the SLR quota up to 1% under the MSF. Then, even if the SLR comes below 21.5%, banks need not pay any penalty under MSF.

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