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Sep 20, 2012, 08.27 AM IST
A day after the Reserve Bank of India’s mid quarter (July-September) monetary policy announcement, India’s largest lender – the State Bank of India on Tuesday slashed its base rate.
A day after the Reserve Bank of India's mid quarter (July-September) monetary policy announcement, India’s largest lender the State Bank of India on Tuesday slashed its base rate, the minimum benchmark rate below which RBI does not allow a bank to lend, by 25 basis points to 9.75%. The bank took this decision in its asset liability committee meeting concluded late in the evening.
With this move borrowers will pay less interest for taking any form of retail or corporate loans. The rate cut was followed by the central bank's policy action of cutting cash reserve ratio (CRR) by 25 bps to 4.50%. CRR is the portion of deposits that banks mandatorily park with RBI. It does not earn any interest. The reduction in CRR is estimated to release Rs 17,000 crore to banks. SBI alone will get around Rs 2,500 crore, which leaves an opportunity to lend more.
With this rate cut, SBI has equalized with ICICI Bank , the second largest bank in terms of asset size, offering a base rate of 9.75% too. So far, it is lowest base rate available in the market. However, this move is likely to prompt other major banks to reduce their respective base rates. Most of the state-owned banks are offering a base rate of 10.50%.
Earlier, SBI had reduced the interest rates on home and auto loans by over 50 basis points, effective from August 07. However, it had not changed the base rate.
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