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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

SBI raises lending rates by 0.20%

PTI  New Delhi, November 06, 2013
First Published: 13:06 IST(6/11/2013) | Last Updated: 13:12 IST(6/11/2013)

Home, auto and consumer loans are expected to become costlier with the country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) raising its lending rates by 0.20% with effect from Thursday.

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The bank has revised the base rate or the minimum lending rate to 10% from 9.80%, SBI said in a statement.

At the same time, the Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) was also raised by 0.20% from 14.55% to 14.75%.

Upward revision in the lending rate by SBI may prompt others public and private sector banks to follow suit.

The decision come a day after HDFC Bank raised the base rate by 0.20% to 10%.

Earlier this month, SBI raised fixed deposit rate by 0.2% on select maturity.

With the revision, term deposit between 180-210 days less than Rs. 1 crore now earn 7 % against 6.80 % earlier.

Last week, RBI raised short-term lending (repo) rate by 0.25% to 7.75%, making cost of fund expensive for the banks.

At the same time, the RBI lowered marginal standing facility (MSF) rate by a similar margin to 8.75%.

Accordingly, the bank rate was reduced to 8.75% with immediate effect.

Consequently, the reverse repo rate is adjusted upward to 6.75%.

The RBI has left unchanged other rates such as the cash reserve ratio at 4% and the mandatory holdings in government securities and other liquid assets as a solvency measure - Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)- at 23%.

SBI had last raised base rate by 0.10% to 9.80% in September this year.


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