For The First Time Since 2016, SBI Has Hiked The lending Rates To This Much

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State Bank of India is a government-owned corporation with its headquarters in Mumbai. With the merger with five of its associate banks, SBI became one of the 50 largest banks in the world.

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The bank descends from the Bank of Calcutta, founded in 1806, that makes it the oldest commercial bank in the Indian subcontinent.
The State Bank of India has 20% market share in deposits and loans among Indian commercial banks.

However, if you are an existing or a new home loan borrower and if you are expecting a reduction in home loan interest rates, then you could be disappointed.

State Bank of India has increased marginal cost-based lending rates across most maturities. The bank made a notification last week according to which SBI raised the key one-year MCLR from 7.95% to 8.15%.

Banks associated with SBI has signalled a rise in equated monthly instalments on retail loans, including home and car loans and the end of a soft-interest regime which lasted for almost 18 months.

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In MCLR-linked home loans, the rate is reset after 6 months a year as per the agreement between the borrower and the bank. The rate applicable on the reset date becomes the new rate on which the future EMI’s are calculated.

Banks generally revise MCLR on a monthly basis. And it’s the first time since April 2016, SBI has raised the 1 year MCLR. The rate revision from SBI comes just a day after the bank raised interest rates on fixed deposits across most maturities.

Other lenders like ICICI Bank and Punjab National Bank have also raised their MCLR but by a slightly lower magnitude of 15 basis points. The second largest state-owned bank PNB raised its 1-year MCLR from 8.15% to 8.30%, three-year MCLR from 8.30% to 8.45%, and for five years from 8.45% to 8.60%.Other banks are also likely to follow in the coming few weeks.

The decision to revise lending rates as reflected in the one-year MCLR was due to the rise in deposit rates, the overall cost of funds and a shortage of liquidity in the system as reported by several other bankers.

Under the present loan pricing mechanism that is based on the MCLR, any upward revision in the cost of funds, including deposits pricing, automatically leads to a pricing revision in loans.

Bankers feel that the Reserve Bank of India in April 2018 may now raise its repo rate in the next monetary policy review.

SBI’s MCLR that is said to be effective from 1st March of the year 2018 will be as follows:

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