Monday, March 17, 2008

RBI Responds : FOREX Derivative Cap May Arrive

The RBI has called for data from banks to assess their expsoure to FOREX derivatives in domestic & overseas markets.
Local exposure mainly relates to interest rate and currency options and swaps while international investment includes credit derivative structures like credit-linked notes based on foreign currency loans and bonds raised by Indian companies abroad. RBI has asked banks to limit their capital market exposure to 40 per cent of their net worth, with direct exposure limited to 20 per cent.
As part of the proposed valuation norms, RBI could also ask banks to mark to market the derivative portfolio maintained in the held-to-maturity (HTM) category.

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