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SBI cuts deposit rates

New Delhi, Feb. 15 (PTI): The State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, has cut deposit rates by up to 0.50 per cent starting February 18.

While deposit rates for maturities of three to five years have been lowered by 0.25 per cent, those for five years and above have been cut by 0.50 per cent, the SBI said in a filing to the BSE today.

The bank currently offers an interest rate of 8.75 per cent for three-to-five-year deposits and 8.5 per cent per annum for deposits exceeding five years.

For bulk deposits of Rs 1 crore and above with a maturity period of 61 days to less than a year, the SBI lowered rates by 0.75 per cent to 7 per cent.

Earlier this week, the United Bank of India (UBI) and Canara Bank had revised interest rates. While the UBI increased lending rates and cut interest on deposits, Canara Bank raised fixed deposit rates across maturities.

The UBI increased the base rate, or the minimum lending rate, to 10.50 per cent from 10.25 per cent, becoming the first PSU bank to do so after the Reserve Bank of India raised policy rates in January.

Besides, the UBI reduced its deposit rate to 8.5 per cent from 8.75 per cent previously for tenures of one year and above.

Term deposits with Canara Bank with a maturity of 91 to 120 days will attract an interest of 9.15 per cent from 8.5 per cent earlier. For periods ranging from 180 days to less than a year, the new rate will be 9.20 per cent from the existing 8.75 per cent.

In its third-quarter review of the monetary policy, the RBI had raised the key repo rate to 8 per cent in a bid to curb inflation. The central bank’s move is expected to translate into higher EMIs and push up borrowing costs for corporate houses.

Private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank had increased deposit rates in four different baskets earlier this month.