SBI to consider rate cut after RBI’s decision

SBI to consider rate cut after RBI’s decision
PTI
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First Published: Fri, Dec 05 2008. 12 27 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Dec 05 2008. 12 27 PM IST
New Delhi: The State Bank of India (SBI) has said that it will consider rate cut after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announces reduction in benchmark rates.
“We will definitely look at our asset liability position soon after RBI’s decision on rate cut,” SBI Chairman O.P. Bhatt said.
SBI has already reduced benchmark lending rate by 75 basis points to 13%, beginning last month.
Commenting on the proposed fiscal stimulus package that the government intends to announce tomorrow, Bhatt said: “Although there is no threat of recession in the country, growth is slowing. This package will help increase liquidity and encourage consumption behaviour.”
He also said that RBI should further reduce cash reserve ratio, so that cheap funds are made available to banks for lending.
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First Published: Fri, Dec 05 2008. 12 27 PM IST