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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

HDFC Bank raises its base rate by 50 bps, BPLR by 75

HDFC Bank, the second largest private one, has raised its minimum lending rate, or base rate, by 50 basis points and the benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) by 75 basis points. The new base rate is 8.7 per cent and its BPLR has been revised to 17.25 per cent.

The new base rate is 8.7 per cent and the BPLR has been revised to 17.25%.

This is the second time in less than a month that it has increased its minimum lending rate. It had raised the base rate by 45 basis points in the last week of February.

With this latest rise, HDFC has increased its base rate by 145 basis points since it was introduced on July 1. The BPLR rose by 150 basis points during this period.

HDFC also raised interest rates on select term deposits by 25-100 basis points. The bank now offers a maximum 9.25 per cent rate on deposits of two years and 16 days tenure.

BankBase Rate
Benchmark Prime
Lending Rate (%)
Bank of Baroda9.5013.754-Feb
ICICI Bank8.7517.5024-Feb
HDFC Bank8.7017.2514-Mar
Axis Bank8.7516.5019-Feb

The latest round of rate rises from domestic lenders began when the country’s largest commercial bank, State Bank of India (SBI), raised its lending rates by 25 basis points in mid-February. SBI’s minimum lending rate is currently 8.25 per cent and its BPLR is 13 per cent.

On an average, banks have raised their lending rates at least four times in the second half of the current financial year. Deposit rates have also hardened by up to 200 basis points during this period.

Top private lenders, including ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank, have raised their lending and deposit rates since February.

Source: Business Standard


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