A positive move for bond markets
The RBI on Monday allowed banks to spread their MTM losses over the next four quarters, thereby providing a relief for banks in the March 2018 quarter.
The banks are allowed to stagger the losses of both Dec 2017 and March 2018 quarters.
Further, the government reduced the borrowing program in the first half of FY2018-19 and it will be spread across various maturities reducing the pressure on longer-dated securities
Overall, the above actions should comfort the bond market with the expectation of increased participation of banks. However, one should look out for the RBI policy, where the expectation is it will remain cautious but not very hawkish.