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Credit Suisse sees personal loans accounting for 60% of credit growth in banks

Updated : July 20, 2021 13:40:21 IST

Neelkanth Mishra, managing director and India equity strategist at Credit Suisse, on Tuesday, said that 60 percent of banking loan growth is coming from personal loans. Mishra also said that pent-up demand will be a significant growth driver in India.

Speaking in an interview with CNBC-TV18, he said, “There will be pent-up demand and that’s undeniable. I think the economy is well prepared for a sharp bounce and when some of the business groups announce diversification plans and such activities pick up, there will be a lot of frantic activity in the private equity space. So, the growth going forward is going to be better. Therefore, there is a lot of pent-up demand showing up in what we are seeing right now, but the bigger question for the market is sustained growth and how close we get to the pre-pandemic path, I am a lot more optimistic than where I see the consensus.”

“If you see the loan trends by duration, you will find that decline has been in loans, which are less than one year in duration or one-three year in duration; 36 percent of the outstanding loans in the banking system are of loans, which are less than one year in duration and they have a visible correlation with nominal GDP growth. So, if nominal GDP starts to pick up, the growth in those loans is going to rebound. Therefore, some of the growth numbers for banks are going to revive,” said Mishra.

On global markets, he said, “The growth that most people are focused on most is just the US retail sales growth, but it’s also important to see that China’s retail sales are trending way below where they were supposed to be pre-pandemic. In many other economies, which have not thrown out money to people or to households, the retail sales are below the per-pandemic path. Therefore, global markets will now fret about where growth will come from and what the level of economic scarring is.”

For the entire interview, watch the video.
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