New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Ratings agency Fitch Tuesday said that the surprise decision by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut its rate policy will not have any significant credit impact in the short term.
According to the ratings agency, the rate cut is expected to only have a modest effect on Indian banks.
"However, the extent to which this would have a long-term positive effect on bank asset quality remains uncertain," the agency said.
On the prospects of more monetary easing, the agency said that it will then lead to a sustained lowering of borrowing costs and potentially stronger bank asset quality.
"The extent to which the RBI will have more room to cut interest rates depends on domestic and external factors including inflation expectations, and commodity and food price growth," it said.
"Whether the government presents a robust fiscal consolidation strategy and continues implementing structural reforms to ease supply pressures, particularly in the infrastructure sector, also are likely to influence future RBI decisions," the agency said.
The ratings agency added that upcoming budget which is due by the end of February will give a greater clarity on the fiscal policy direction.