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Canara Bank hikes minimum lending rate by 0.25%

PTI  New Delhi, December 30, 2013
First Published: 20:04 IST(30/12/2013) | Last Updated: 23:19 IST(30/12/2013)

State-owned Canara Bank on Monday raised base rate or the minimum lending rate by 0.25% to 10.20% even as RBI kept its policy rates unchanged in its mid-quarter review earlier this month.

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Canara Bank becomes the first major state-owned bank to increase base rate after RBI's policy announcement, a move that will make loans, including home and auto, costlier.

The base rate stands modified from 9.95% to 10.20%, Canara Bank said in a filing to the BSE.

Base rate is the minimum lending rate below which banks can not lend to a borrower.

The bank has also aligned its benchmark prime lending rate to 14.45% from 14.20%, it said.

In tune with the market conditions, the bank has aligned its lending rates, it said, adding, the new rates would be effective from January 1.

On December 18, RBI in its mid-quarter review kept its policy rates unchanged.

RBI has kept short-term lending rate unchanged at 7.75%, while the cash reserve ratio (CRR) remained at 4%.

A day after RBI policy announcement, biggest housing financiers SBI, ICICI Bank and HDFC slashed home loan rates by up to 0.4% for new borrowers.

SBI loans of up to Rs. 75 lakh is available to fresh borrowers at 10.15% against the existing rate of 10.50%. For women borrowers, the rate of interest after an additional concession of 0.05% is at 10.10% for home loans of up to Rs. 75 lakh.

The new rates for HDFC home loans of up to Rs. 75 lakh will be 10.25% as against the existing 10.50%.


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