Now, ICICI Bank has planned to invest in its infrastructure. It has planned to open 400-500 branches annually over the next 3 years.

An online news portal about business and economy – economictimes.indiatimes.com, quotes a statement of ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, “I feel that we have to grow beyond the number of existing) branches… Over the next 2-3 years, we would continue to add branches at the rate of 400-500 per year.”

Further the news portal writes, “The bank, which reported a 30.5 per cent increase in net profit to Rs 1,437 crore during the quarter ending December 31, has been expanding its branch network at rapid pace. Presently, it has about 2,500 branches and 5,800 ATMs.

Kochhar is here as one of the six co-chairs of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum being attended by the world’s top CEOs, heads of states, academicians and even faith leaders.

The Indian government yesterday decided to honour Kocchar with the Padam Bhushan, a civilian award given by the state in recognition of an individual’s achievements.”

In the analysis, the news portal writes, “ICICI Bank, which was quite aggressive on personal loans till 2008, has shifted focus and it has been concentrating on corporate sector financing as one of the key areas of “sustainable growth”.

With the private sector expected to play a major role in infrastructure financing, projected at USD 1 trillion in the next 5-6 years, ICICI Bank would remain active in areas like roads and power.”

It is the biggest event for ICICI bank after the launch of a new credit car jointly with Kingfisher.

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Recently, the biggest news came from RBI. The bank repo rate is unchanged at 4.75%. The RBI CRR is also unchanged. The bank has raised nominal SLR only 1% from 24% to 25%. According to the experts, the minimal hike will not impact on liquidity.

The GDP forecast for financial year 2010 was also unchanged at 6%. On the home loans also, there is no impact with the announcement of RBI Monetary policy. On this occasion, Governor Subbarao told the chief executives of commercial banks at the central bank’s headquarters,

“As always, the Reserve Bank will endeavor to ensure price stability and anchor inflation expectations. It bears emphasis that the Reserve Bank is mindful of its fundamental commitment to price stability. It will continue to monitor the price situation in its entirety and will take measures as warranted by the evolving macroeconomic conditions swiftly and effectively.”

Bank rate unchanged with 6%, Repurchase rate unchanged with 4.75%, Reserve repurchase rate unchanged with 3.25%, Cash reserve ratio unchanged with 5% and SLR hiked only 1% on this occasion by RBI.

In April, the repo rate and the reserve repo rate were cut by 50 basis points. RBI had cut 5% to 3.5%.

The raise of SLR to 1% will be effect from November 7th, 2009. Currently, CRR is 5%, Repo is 4.75% and 3.25% respectively which are remained unchanged by the RBI.

These minor changes affect the BSE, Sensex, Nifty and NSE. Minor losses were seen that time with the opening of stock exchange. However, it is being said by the experts that there will be no impact on liquidation by the minor changes.

The minimum hikes in statutory liquidity ratio has made mandatory for the banks also to invest more funds in specified securities. This investment should be against of deposits and some liquid cash.