Home, auto loans to become costlier: Bankers

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Mumbai, Oct 25: Retail and corporate credit, including home and auto loans, are set to become costlier after the Reserve Bank's latest increase in the key rate, bankers said today (Oct 25).

"Banks are likely to increase both lending and deposit rates following the RBI action. There could be a minimum 25-basis point rise in lending rate," Oriental Bank of Commerce Executive Director SC Sinha told PTI.

Banks have not raised interest rates following the September review of credit policy, Sinha said.

With present round of rate hike, banks would have to readjust rates in line with increase in cost of funds, Sinha added.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has raised the repo rate by 25 basis points to 8.50 per cent and reverse repo will move up by a similar percentage to 7.50 per cent.

Repo is the short-term rate at which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lends to banks, while reverse repo is rate at which it gets funds from banks.

The central bank has hiked the policy rate five times this fiscal. In the last-one-and-a-half months alone, it has raised the key rate (repo) by 50 basis points.

Echoing Sinha's views, IDBI Bank Executive Director R K Bansal said "lending rate would certainly go up on two counts-- one RBI has raised policy rate and second deregulation of deposit rate on savings bank accounts".

Cost of funds will go up for banks and some increase will be passed to customers, Bansal said, adding that the rate hike could be in between 25-50 basis points depending on the liquidity positions of each bank.


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