Banks hike deposit rates ahead of festive season


Mumbai, Aug 18 : Most banks are increasing their deposit rates for boosting deposit to support rising credit off-take as liquidity in the banking system has narrowed. The hike in deposit rates are in line with the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) 50 basis points hike in repo rate in the August monetary policy. The rise in deposit will help banks to fund the demand for loans during the festive season. "Going forward, banks are expected to raise deposit rates for boosting deposits to support this rising credit offtake given that liquidity is narrowing in the banking system. Selectively, banks have already been raising rates across certain tenures and categories," said Sanjay Agarwal, Senior Director, CareEdge. Bank credit growth has remained in double digits handily outpacing the deposit growth. Whereas, credit growth continues to be driven by a low base effect, small ticket size loans, higher working capital requirements due to elevated inflation, and a shift to bank borrowings on account of high yields in the capital market. According to the data compiled by CareEdge showed, the largest state-owned bank, State Bank of India increased its deposit rate by 15 basis points on deposit maturing between 180 days and 210 days from 4.40 per cent to 4.55 per cent. For all other tenures, the SBI FD interest rates have also been hiked by 15 basis points. Bulk deposit rates have been increased by 25-50 basis points for period up to one year. For more than one year, the rates have been hiked by rates ranging from 75-125 basis points Indian Overseas bank increased deposit rates by 10 basis points for 444 days and 3 years and above periods for the retail term deposits Indian Bank and Punjab National Bank have also hiked their deposit rates 5-15 basis points. On the other, in the private banks, HDFC Bank increased interest rates by around 15 basis points on fixed deposits greater than Rs 5 crore in August. ICICI Bank increased interest rates on fixed deposits from Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore in August. Kotak Mahindra Bank has also increased rates by 15 basis points for select tenures for deposits up to Rs 2 crore in August, CareEdge data showed. /IANS


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