Aug 3, 2012

SBI cuts interest rates on home, car loans

SBI cuts interest rates on home, car loans
A senior bank official said SBI reduced interest rates on home loans up to Rs 30 lakh to 10.25 per cent from the existing 10.5 per cent (after a 0.25 per cent concession over the card rate).

On home loans of beyond Rs 30 lakh but less than Rs 75 lakh, the new rate will be 10.4 per cent against the existing 10.75 per cent, down 0.35 per cent. The new rates will be effective from August 7, the official added.

The base rate or minimum lending rate at SBI stands at 10 per cent. Base rate is the benchmark rate below which a bank cannot lend.

With regard to car loans, the reduction is to the extent of 0.5 per cent. The new car loan would be 10.75 per cent against the existing rate of 11.25 per cent for a seven-year loan.

Now for every Rs 1 lakh, a customer has to pay Rs 1,699 EMI, against Rs 1,725 per month earlier. SBI claimed this as the lowest EMI. With the reduction, a borrower would end up saving Rs 312 per year on every one lakh.

The RBI, in its quarterly monetary policy review, reduced Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR), the amount of deposits that have to be invested in government bonds and other liquid assets, by 1 per cent.

RBI Governor D. Subbarao cut the SLR to 23 per cent, thereby releasing around Rs 68,000 crore of additional liquidity into the system, even as he left all the key interest rates unchanged in the anti-inflationary stance.

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