SBI to adopt repo rate as external benchmark for all floating rate loans from 1 October

  • On 4 September, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had mandated all banks to link all new floating rate personal or retail loans and floating rate loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to an external benchmark from 1 October onwards

  • The SBI has extended the external benchmark-based lending to medium enterprises, to boost lending to the MSME sector as a whole

  • It had introduced floating rate home loans effective 1 July, 2019, but has made some modifications in the scheme effective 1 October, 2019, to comply with the latest regulatory guidelines, the release said

Mumbai: State Bank of India on Monday said it will adopt repo rate as the external benchmark for all floating rate loans for MSME, home and retail loans, from 1 October, 2019.

On 4 September, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had mandated all banks to link all new floating rate personal or retail loans and floating rate loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to an external benchmark from 1 October onwards.

 SBI to adopt repo rate as external benchmark for all floating rate loans from 1 October

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“We have decided to adopt repo rate as the external benchmark for all floating rate loans for MSME, housing and retail loans effective 1 October, 2019,” the bank said in a release.

The RBI gave the banks options to benchmark their floating rate loans either to repo rate, three-month or six-month treasury bills or any benchmark market interest rate published by Financial Benchmarks India Private (FBIL).

The bank has also extended the external benchmark-based lending to medium enterprises, to boost lending to the MSME sector as a whole.

It had introduced floating rate home loans effective 1 July, 2019, but has made some modifications in the scheme effective 1 October, 2019, to comply with the latest regulatory guidelines, the release said.

Updated Date: Sep 23, 2019 12:18:23 IST