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SBI Raises Short-Term Retail Fixed Deposit Rates Amidst Economic Shifts

In response to rising credit demand and falling liquidity, State Bank of India (SBI) has increased short-term retail fixed deposit rates by 25-75 basis points (bps), marking its first interest rate hike since December. This move, likely to be emulated by other banks, reflects a strategic adjustment to offer better returns for depositors.

Interest Rate Adjustments

  • For retail domestic term deposits (below Rs 2 crore) maturing between 46 and 179 days, SBI now offers 5.5 percent, up from 4.75 percent, and 6 percent for senior citizens, up from 5.25 percent.
  • Deposits maturing in the 180-210 days tenor now yield 6 percent, compared to 5.75 percent previously, with seniors receiving 6.25 percent.
  • SBI offers 6.25 percent on deposits maturing in the 211-365 days tenor, an increase from the previous 6 percent. Senior citizens now earn 6.75 percent.

Impact on Bulk Deposits

  • SBI has also adjusted interest rates on domestic bulk term deposits (Rs 2 crore and above) by 10-50 bps across different maturities, enhancing returns for bulk investors.

Financial Outlook and Strategy

SBI’s move aligns with its strategic focus on chasing low-cost funds, as evidenced by its 16.38 percent increase in domestic term deposits in FY24. Chairman Dinesh Khara anticipates a credit growth of 14-16 percent in the current fiscal year, driven by retail and corporate loans. Despite sitting on excess liquidity of around Rs 3.5 trillion, SBI is prepared to mobilize capital to meet loan disbursement needs, with live loan sanctions worth Rs trillion. This proactive stance positions SBI to navigate evolving economic dynamics effectively.

RBI Policy Context

Between May 2022 and February 2023, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) implemented a series of repo rate hikes totaling 250 bps, bringing the rate to 6.5 percent. This tightening of monetary policy by the RBI underscores the broader economic context shaping SBI’s interest rate adjustments.

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