RBI extends SLR holdings in HTM category till March 2022

RBI extends SLR holdings in HTM category till March 2022

In order to provide certainty to banks, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday extended the time period for statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) holdings in held to maturity (HTM) category by one year till March, 2022. Earlier in September, the central bank had increased the limits of SLR holdings under HTM category to 22% from previous 19.5% of the net demand and time liabilities (NDTL) till March, 2021.This dispensation is available to banks for securities acquired between September 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

Bankers feel that move by RBI will provide cushion in terms of planning for them. “The opening of HTM window upto March 31, 2022 is a much needed move, otherwise we were worried about planning after March, 2021, ” a senior bank official told FE. “In the absence of this order, we were supposed to shift these securities from HTM category to available for sale (AFS) category from first quarter of next financial year.”

The investment portfolio of banks is classified under held to maturity (HTM), available for sale (AFS) and held for trading (HFT) category. The holding of securities under HTM provides cushion for banks from valuation changes.