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ICICI, HDFC raise rates; home, auto loans to get costlier

Last Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 21:41

New Delhi: Leading financial institutions ICICI Bank and HDFC Thursday raised their benchmark lending rates by 0.25 percent, making home and auto loans costlier.

ICICI Bank followed smaller rivals and increased its lending rate by 0.25 percent to 10 percent with effect from tomorrow. The bank also effected a similar hike in its prime lending rate, which is applicable to existing customers on floating rates, ICICI Bank said in a statement.

Mortgage lender HDFC increased its retail prime lending rate (RPLR) by 0.25 percent. As a result, interest on housing loans of up to Rs 30 lakh will go up to 10.40 percent from the existing 10.15 percent, HDFC said in a statement.

The interest rate on housing loans exceeding Rs 30 lakh will rise to 10.65 percent from tomorrow, it said.

ICICI Bank said fixed-rate customers will not be impacted by the revision and their contracted rates will remain unchanged.

Earlier this month, ICICI Bank raised fixed deposit rates by up to 0.75 percent across select maturities due to a series of steps taken by the Reserve Bank of India, leading to tightening of liquidity conditions.

The private sector bank had raised the interest rate on term deposits by 0.75 percent to 7 percent for 46-60 day maturity and to 7.75 percent for 61-289 days, according to the ICICI Bank website.

For fixed deposits maturing between 290 days and 1 year, ICICI Bank raised the interest rate to 7.75 percent from 7.25 percent. For term deposits between 1 year and 389 days, the rate was raised to 8 percent from 7.50 percent.

Private lenders HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Yes Bank have raised interest rates by 20 to 25 basis points of late.

Among public sector lenders, only small-sized Andhra Bank has hiked the base rate so far, while others such as Bank of India and Union Bank slashed rates in late June.

The upward spike in interest rates follows fears within the system that the RBI's recent tightening measures to prop up the battered rupee are here to stay longer than expected.

The rupee fell to a historic low of Rs 65.56 against the dollar today in intra-day trade and recovered to close at 64.55.


First Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 18:12
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