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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Home Loans Likely To Get Cheaper

After shoring up the banking system with Rs 1, 45,000 crore funds, the Reserve Bank of India has paved the way for cheaper home, consumer, corporate and personal loan rates by reducing its key-short term lending rate (repo) by 100 basis points. The cut in repo would allow banks to immediately borrow short-term funds from the apex bank at a cheaper eight percent as against nine percent till now. Mr. Ashish Parthasarathy, Deputy Treasurer, HDFC Bank said, "It is a welcome step and clearly shows that the interest rate regime is now on a decent curve." Earlier, the RBI cut the mandatory cash deposits that banks must keep with it (CRR) by 250 points after five years, along with other measures.