SBI’s deposit-rate cut by 50 basis points to be effective from May 18
With effect from May 18, the deposit rates of various maturities of the State Bank of India (SBI) will be slashed by up to 50 basis points. The soon-to-be-implemented cut is the second one this month, and the third in the last two months. Earlier this month, the lender had implemented a 25 basis points reduction in interest rates on all tenure deposits.
About the new cut, SBI said that while interest rates for deposits of more than five years and less than ten years will remain unaffected; those for five-year deposits will be 7.5 percent; for deposits up to 180 days will be 5.5 percent; and for deposits for 15-45 days, the rates will be 3.25 percent. The SBI has said that deposits rates of one-year to less than two years term will be reduced to 7.25 percent as against the earlier 7.5 percent.
The proposed downward revision in deposit rates was announced last week, following a steady rise in deposits last fiscal, by the SBI Chairman O P Bhatt. Talking to reporters, Bhatt said: “Our deposits are growing at fantastic rates; we see an excess of supply over demand. Our increase in the market share of deposits last year was the highest seen by any bank anywhere and we are currently getting $200 million a day.”