IDBI Bank cuts lending, deposit rates by 0.25%
MDT/PTI 30 January 2013

IDBI Bank has reduced the benchmark prime lending rate and fixed deposit rates on select maturities by 0.25%

 

New Delhi: Within hours of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reducing the key policy rates, IDBI Bank slashed its lending and deposit rate by 0.25%, reports PTI.

 

“The new base rate or minimum lending rate (at 10.25%) will be effective from 1st February,” the bank said in a release.

 

The base rate is the minimum lending rate below which banks cannot offer any loan to customers.

 

IDBI Bank was the first one to cut lending rates following the announcement of the RBI to reduce short-term lending rate by 0.25% and deciding to slash cash reserve bank (CRR) by same margin to inject Rs18,000 crore of liquidity into the system.

 

Mumbai-based IDBI Bank has reduced the benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) and fixed deposit rates on select maturities by 0.25%.

 

“IDBI Bank has taken this proactive step keeping in view the policy measures announced by the RBI in its third quarter review of monetary policy today,” it said.

 

The reduction in interest rate is expected to positively impact loan growth both in retail and corporate segments.

 

Various other banks, including the market leader State Bank of India (SBI), said that they would take a call on reducing interest rates in coming days.

 

National Housing Bank (NHB) had earlier announced cut in lending rates by 0.25% benefiting the home loan borrowers.

 

Meanwhile, foreign lender the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) also reduced its base rate by 0.75% to 9%.

 

The base rate is the benchmark to which all loan rates are linked, RBS said in a statement.

 

“Today's move by the RBI to cut repo and CRR by 25 basis points is in sync with our expectations. In line with the potential deflationary environment, RBS has decided to cut its base lending rate,” it said.

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