SBI increases lending rates

SBI increases lending rates

The State Bank of India (SBI), India’s largest PSU bank, on Thursday, raised lending rates from 7.95 percent to 8.15 percent. SBI increases lending rates for the first time since April 2016. SBI is the first one to implement the MCLR based calculation for loan interest rates when MCLR is introduced an year ago.

There is no change in RBI policies since two quarters. But, it is observed that SBI increases lending rates. Liquidity tightening, rise in bond yield, credit demand pick up and other profitability issues are pushing the banks to up the interest rates

Just a day after SBI increases interest rates on fixed deposits, SBI increases lending rates. SBI term deposits for 7 to 45 days will earn an annual interest rate of 5.75 per cent, up from 5.25 per cent earlier. For one year deposits, SBI customers will now earn 6.40 per cent from 6.25 per cent earlier, while those deposits maturing between two years and 10 years will earn 6.50 per cent, compared with 6 per cent earlier. For senior citizens, the revised interest rates are 7 per cent on their deposits, up from earlier 6.50 per cent.

Another state-run bank PNB also raised its lending rate, effective March 1, 2018. PNB raised its one-year MCLR rate to 8.30 per cent from 8.15 per cent.

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Many banks have been increasing their deposit and lending rates since the last quarter. While lending rates have been jacked up on an average of 5-10 bps by private sector lenders like HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Yes Bank since January, almost all the state-run lenders have been increasing their bulk deposit rates in the range of 15 bps to 125 bps.

SBI’s new marginal cost of funds-based lending rates with effect from March 1, 2018, as shared by the bank on its website –

Tenor Existing MCLR (In %) Revised MCLR (In %)
Overnight 7.7 7.8
One month 7.8 7.8
Three months 7.85 7.85
Six months 7.9 8
One year 7.95 8.15
Two years 8.05 8.25
Three years 8.1 8.35

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