Banks could raise up to $10 billion from Indians abroad: analysts

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A man watches television inside his currency exchange shop in New Delhi August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Reuters Market Eye - The move by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to offer concessional swap rates to banks to raise dollar deposits from non-resident Indians could raise up to $8-$10 billion, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch says, as it removes the currency risk away from banks or citizens abroad.

The RBI will swap FX-denominated foreign currency non-resident bond (FCNRB) deposits with tenures of 3 or more years at a fixed hedge cost of 3.5 percent a year until November 30.

Banks are raising these deposits from NRIs at Libor/swap rate of +400 basis points, which works out to a cost of mobilising FCNRB deposits at about 8.5 percent and with lending at 11 percent, it will enable banks to enjoy a 250 basis point spread as these deposits will not qualify for CRR or SLR status for now, BofA-Merrill says.

Separately, Morgan Stanley estimates that the measure could raise an additional $5-$10 billion from NRIs.

(Reporting by Subhadip Sircar)

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