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SBI cuts lending rate by 0.4% to 9.3%

Mumbai: Soon after reduction in repo rate by the Reserve Bank, country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday slashed minimum lending or base rate by 0.4 percent to 9.3 percent, setting the
PTI September 30, 2015 12:04 IST
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Mumbai: Soon after reduction in repo rate by the Reserve Bank, country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday slashed minimum lending or base rate by 0.4 percent to 9.3 percent, setting the trend for benign interest rate regime.

With the reduction in the base rate, all loans, including home, auto and corporate, would become cheaper by at least 0.40 percent.

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The bank has decided to reduce the base rate by 0.40 per cent to 9.3 percent with effect from October 5, SBI said in a statement.

"RBI has cut interest rate by 0.50 percent, we have reduced it by 0.40 percent," SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said.

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The bank will also be cutting fixed deposit rates by 0.25 percent across various maturities from October 5, she added.

"We will definitely keep looking at ways and means of bringing down rate further. Going ahead, weakening of rate will add to growth of credit," Bhattacharya said.

With the reduction, SBI's base rate is the lowest in the market. The reduction by the largest lender is likely to be followed by others.

Meanwhile, Andhra Bank also reduced its base rate by 0.25 percent to 9.75 percent effective today.

Base rate is the minimum rate below which a bank can't lend to consumers.

On cost of fund, Bhattacharya said "on monthly basis, the fall is quite good, also the fact that there are more of retail deposits now than savings."

RBI cut benchmark repurchase (repo) rate from 7.25 percent to 6.75 percent, lowest in four-and-half-years.

The reverse repo rate, at which it accepts banks' excess liquidity, will be 5.75 percent, while the cash reserve ratio has been kept unchanged at 4 percent.

Soon after the RBI policy announcement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed hope that banks will transmit the benefit to borrowers so as to boost investments and the economy.

"We are looking forward now to the transmission of these cuts which will effectively help to boost confidence and investment.

They will also help to realize the economy's medium term potential growth rate," Jaitley said.