RBI comes out with ‘Special Liquidity Facility’ for Mutual Funds

Mumbai: To ease liquidity pressures on Mutual Funds, the Reserve Bank of India on Monday decided to open a special liquidity facility (SLF-MF) worth Rs 50,000 crore.

Accordingly, under the facility, the RBI shall conduct repo operations of 90 days tenor at the fixed repo rate. The apex bank said that SLF-MF is “on-tap and open-ended”, and banks can submit their bids to avail funding. Besides, the scheme is available from April 27 till May 11, 2020 or “up to utilization of the allocated amount, whichever is earlier”.

The Reserve Bank further said that it will review the timeline and amount, depending upon market conditions. “Heightened volatility in capital markets in reaction to COVID-19 has imposed liquidity strains on mutual funds (MFs), which have intensified in the wake of redemption pressures related to closure of some debt MFs and potential contagious effects therefrom,” it said in a statement.

“The stress is, however, confined to the high-risk debt MF segment at this stage; the larger industry remains liquid.”

Last week, Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund shut down six of its funds due to credit issues.

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