More government-owned Indian banks link up to RBI's repo rate

More government-owned Indian banks link up to RBIs repo rate
State Bank of India linked its rates to the central bank's repo back as early as May this year.

New Delhi - Syndicate Bank makes changes to offerings; Bank of India, Union Bank and Allahabad Bank working on modalities


Published: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 5:26 PM

Last updated: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 7:29 PM

More government-owned banks have announced linking their lending and deposit rates to the Reserve Bank of India's repo for facilitating faster transmission after State Bank of India did so in May.
While Syndicate Bank made several changes to its offerings on loans and deposit products, Bank of India, Union Bank and Allahabad Bank also said they are working on the modalities to launch similar products.
"Housing, vehicle and consumer loans will now be offered at the basis of a repo-linked rate. With the change, the housing loans will start from repo plus 2.9 per cent at 8.3 per cent," Syndicate Bank said in a statement. The saving bank deposits of over Rs2.5 million will also be based on the repo rate, it added.
Bank of India said another dimension of a rate transmission process is by way of offering repo linked lending rate to select customer segments, including personal loans. "We are working out the necessary modalities in this regard so as to launch such products during the current month," it said.
Union Bank said to provide better interest rate transmission, it will soon link its housing and vehicle loan portfolio to repo rate from the current marginal cost of funds based lending rate.
Allahabad Bank's managing director S.S. Mallikarjuna said the bank will explore the option to develop products of both assets and liabilities linked with an external benchmark to transmit the benefits of rate cut to our customers shortly.
Indian Bank too said its home and vehicle loans will be linked to the repo rate from August 15.
The move to link the deposit and lending rates by these four lenders come even as the RBI has not mandated them to do so. On August 7, the RBI cut the repo rate for the fourth consecutive time this calendar year by 35 basis points to 5.4 per cent.
The repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends money to commercial banks. A repo rate cut allows banks to reduce interest rates for consumers on loans, and lowers equal monthly instalments on home loans, car loans and personal loans.

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