"Now the busy season has started so there is a huge credit demand and banks are scrambling for deposits. Deposit rate, I think, will go up and accordingly to that lending rates can also go up," SBI Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri said. Banks would first raise the deposit rates and then they will calibrate the lending rate, he added.
On Thursday, SBI increased its base rate by 0.1 percent to 9.80 percent, becoming the first major state-run bank to hike lending rates after short-term rates rose as a result of RBI's liquidity tightening moves announced in July.
SBI also increased the spreads on auto and home loans by as much as 0.20 percent, which will affect new borrowers. Home and auto loan borrowers typically pay a margin, or a spread, above the base rate, which is arrived at as per the risk and quantum of borrowing.
Noting that the base rate or the minimum lending rate is not a function of policy rate, Chaudhuri said it is a function of bank's liquidity position and ability to meet the deposit and lending situation.
On the deposits front, SBI increased its offering for products maturing in 7 days, 179 days, 211 days and less than a year by one percentage point to 7.50 percent each.
Commenting on the policy review, Canara Bank Executive Director AK Gupta said: "There will not be much impact on the interest rate immediately." The RBI has done a balancing act. Much of the borrowing by banks is from the MSF window and reduction of 0.75 percent will lower the cost of fund, Gupta said.


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