State Bank of India raises interest rate on FDs by up to 0.1% ahead of RBI Monetary Policy Committee meet

New Delhi: Ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) monetary policy announcement, the country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has hiked interest rate on fixed deposits by up to 0.1 percent on select maturities, a move likely to be followed by other banks.

The increase in interest rate is effective 30 July, according to notification on the bank's website.

Fixed deposit of maturity one year to less than two years would earn 6.40 percent, 5 basis points higher than the previous rate.

The interest rate on fixed deposit of longer tenure has been raised by 10 basis points. For example, term deposit between three years and less than five years will earn 6.80 percent as against 6.70 percent while 5-10 years will get the depositors 6.85 percent as compared to 6.75 percent earlier.

SBI is the largest public sector bank. Reuters.

SBI is the largest public sector bank. Reuters.

However, the bank has retained interest rates on term deposits of less than one-year maturities.

The bank had last revised its interest rate on May 28, ahead of second bi-monthly monetary policy for 2018-19 announced on 6 June.

The RBI had increased the benchmark short-term lending rate (repo rate) by 0.25 percent to 6.25 percent in its last policy review in June on inflationary concerns.

The retail inflation, which is factored in by the MPC, spiked to a five-month high of 5 percent in June on costlier fuel.

The government has mandated the Reserve Bank to keep inflation at 4 percent (+/- 2 percent).

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Updated Date: Jul 31, 2018 10:55:11 IST

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