Banks reduce interest on home, auto loans post-RBI cut

Mumbai (IANS) Within days of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lowering its key lending rate, state-run State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday reduced its benchmark marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) and home loan rates, effective from April 10.

SBI reduced its MCLR by 5 basis points (0.05 per cent) across all tenors with the one-year MCLR coming down from 8.55 per cent per annum to 8.50 per cent per annum.

“As a result, interest rates on all loans linked to MCLR stand reduced by 5 bps (basis points) with effect from 10th April 2019,” the bank said in a statement.

“Also, SBI makes its housing loans more affordable by reducing the interest rate by 10 bps on loans up to Rs 30 lakh. Now the applicable interest rate for such housing loans below Rs 30 lakh will range from 8.60 per cent p.a. to 8.90 per cent p.a.”

Besides SBI, Indian Overseas Bank also reduced its interest rate on loans (MCLR) by 5 basis points for tenures of one-year and above from April 10.

“Taking a cue from the latest policy measures…and to support growth of the economy, Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai-based public sector bank, reduced its interest rate on loans (MCLR) by 5 basis points in one year and above tenors wef 10.04.2019,” the bank said in a statement.

“Hence, various loans like Housing Loan, Vehicle Loan etc., will become cheaper”, it added.

Last week, Bank of Maharashtra reviewed and reduced its MCLR with effect from April 7, 2019.

Muted growth and subdued inflation prompted the RBI, last week, to lower its key lending rate for commercial banks by 25 bps to 6 per cent.

“On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation, the MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) decided to reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points to 6 per cent from 6.25 per cent with immediate effect,” the RBI said.

“Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.75 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the bank rate to 6.25 per cent,” it added.

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