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SBI hikes deposit rates by up to 150 basis pts

New Delhi: The country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) today raised deposit rates by up to 150 basis points or 1.5% across various maturities, a move that will provide better returns to people with fixed deposits in the bank, reports PTI.

The new rates will become effective from Tuesday.

The decision comes close on the heels of various private and public sector lenders including ICICI Bank, Punjab National Bank, Syndicate Bank and Bank of India raising their deposit rates, in response to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D Subbarao's suggestion of giving better returns to depositors.

SBI, according to an official release, will offer a maximum interest rate of 8.75% for deposits with maturity period of 8-10 years, marking an increase of 100 basis points.

The highest increase of 150 basis points will be in case of term deposits with maturity of 46-90 days. The depositors will earn an interest of 5.5% as against existing 4%.

The decision of SBI to raise fixed deposit rates will prompt other lender to hike their rates to compete for savers money. In an effort to tide over tight liquidity situation and increase its credit, ICICI Bank has raised interest rates on fixed deposits of various tenors by 0.25%-0.50%.

These announcements come after RBI governor D Subbarao recently asked banks to hike deposit rates and lower lending rates, to raise the level of national savings as well as to encourage investments needed for double-digit growth.

Term deposits of 91-180 days maturity will now fetch customers 6% interest as compared to earlier 5.5%, SBI said.

At the same time, it said, interest rate on fixed deposit with 181 days to less than 1 year maturity has been increased by 125 basis points or 1.25% to 7.25% against existing 6%, it said.

For fixed deposits with a tenor between one year to 554 days, the new interest rate will be 7.75% against the existing 7%, while 555-day fixed deposits of SBI will attract an interest rate of 8.5%, an increase of 100 basis points.

The interest rate on term deposits of between 556 days to two years tenor will go up by 50 basis points to 7.75% from tomorrow, while interest on the two years to 999 days maturity slab has been increased by 75 basis points to 8.25%.

Even the rate on 1,000 days’ fixed deposit scheme will go up 75 basis points to 8.5% compared to existing 7.75%.

Interest rate on term deposit between 3-10 years maturity slabs will go up by 100 basis points or 1% each.

Last week, SBI chairman OP Bhatt had said, “If credit growth picks up, more deposits can be attracted into the banking system by better pricing which is beginning to happen...In the current situation, they (deposit rates) can only go up.”

 On the lending rates, Mr Bhatt had said the bank will take a call only in next month as it has already increased its newly introduced benchmark lending rate—base rate, below which banks can't lend—once this quarter.

A call on the rates under the old BPLR (benchmark prime lending rate) will also be taken next quarter, he had said.
 

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