To cash in on the forthcoming festive seasons and to better utilise the excess liquidity, State Bank of India announced the fifth rate cuts on Monday by another 10 basis points across tenures, effective Tuesday.
With this lending rate reduction, the bank has lowered 40 bps so far this fiscal year in five successive rate cuts beginning April.
The new rates are effective Tuesday, the nation's largest lender said in a statement.
Accordingly, the one-year marginal cost-based lending rate -- to which all its retail lending rates are linked -- is down to 8.15 percent from 8.25 percent earlier, which is the lowest in the industry now.
The bank, which has linked almost all its loan and deposit products to the repo rate, has also slashed its retail term deposit rates by a higher 20-25 bps and bulk term deposit rates by 10-20 bps across tenures, effective Tuesday.
The lender attributed the falling interest rate scenario and surplus liquidity for realigning its loan and deposit pricing.
In April when it had slashed the first time by 5 bps, its one-year MCLR was at 8.55 percent. Similar cuts were effected in May and July, while it went in for a higher 15 bps reduction in August, yanking down the benchmark rate to 8.25 percent. And with the latest cut, it's down to a multi-year low of 8.15 percent -- the lowest in the industry.
Its nearest rivals HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank offer 8.30 and 8.35 percent respectively after their 10 bps reduction in the past two weeks.
However, it can be noted that lending rates are still much higher than the RBI's benchmark rate of 5.40 percent -- which is at a nine-year low after four successive moves, in which the central bank cut the repo rates by a cumulative 110 bps since February.
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