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FPIs turn net buyers in debt nearly after six months

By Consultants Review Team

FOIForeign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) turned net buyers of debt so far in August nearly after six months due to cooling of oil prices, easing of inflationary pressure, manageable deficits to buoyant tax collections.

According to the depository data, foreign investors have so far bought debt worth Rs 1,673.63 crore in August as compared to net sellers of debt worth Rs 2,056.33 crore in the previous month.

"It happened due to the overall market condition - signs of inflation cooling off, prospects of oil staying low due to cooling global demand and China slowdown, manageable deficits to buoyant tax collections," said Kunal Sodhani, Vice President, Global Trading Centre, Shinhan Bank.

Due to this, the yield on the benchmark bond has also eased by nearly 30-40 basis points. The 10-year benchmark 6.54%-2032 bond yield closed at 7.2639 per cent on Friday.

The retail inflation of India eased further in July to 6.71 per cent due to easing of food prices and Brent crude prices in the international market.

Even after this, the inflation remained above the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) upper tolerance band of 6 per cent for the seventh consecutive month.

Retail inflation was at 7.01 per cent in June.

Meanwhile, to tame inflation, the RBI has hiked repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.40 per cent in the latest policy meeting. With this, the central bank hiked 140 basis points in repo rate since May 2022 to control inflation.

Going forward, inflows are likely to continue, said experts.

"MPC may persist with hikes till real rates are projected to be in positive territory in medium term, which may happen pretty soon. Bonds may rally some more before getting range bound," Sodhani said.

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