Tagged: SBI

NTH :: Have accounts with these banks? Your cheque book, IFSC code will become invalid from 1 October

Bindisha Sarang | Sep, 29 2017 21:22:01 IST | First Post

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For the customers who hold accounts in six state-run banks, here’s a reminder. Sunday, or 1 October is an important date for you because that is the day their cheque books and India Financial System (IFS) codes of their branches would become invalid. These banks are — State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Raipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad and Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB).

The government had in February approved the merger of these five associate banks with SBI. Later in March, BMB too got the approval to join the group. With these six banks merging, SBI now becomes a bank with total assets worth Rs 29 lakh crore.

The bank has been asking customers of all these banks to apply for SBI cheque books via net banking, mobile banking, ATM, or by visiting the home branch. Which means if you still haven’t applied for the new cheque books, you have to do it at the earliest.

This is because the cheque books issued by these six banks cannot be used. Also if you have issued any post-dated cheques, you need to take care of them. It’s better you iron out these issues beforehand, if possible today itself. This means you will have to recall the post-dated cheques and issue new ones.

In the past, most acquiring banks let the fixed deposits run their course. Which means old terms continue.

As far as mobile banking goes, you will have to make sure that you make the necessary changes there as well. Since the old IFSC code is no longer valid you will have to start using the new IFS code.

However, SBI hasn’t said a word about ECS issued by the customers of these half a dozen banks. It is safe to deduce that they SBI will take care of things at the back-end, and you need not worry about it. That’s how it has been whenever bank mergers happened. For instance, a few years ago when United Western Bank merged with IDBI Bank, the latter used an account mapping technique for ECS, without discomforting the customers.

Source: https://goo.gl/7zvjJx

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NTH :: SBI Card to start contactless payments

Mayur Shetty | TNN | Updated: Sep 12, 2017, 14:42 IST | Times of India
SBI Card customers could soon make payments by merely tapping their smartphone on a swipe machine

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MUMBAI: SBI Card customers could soon make payments by merely tapping their smartphone on a swipe machine. SBI Card is updating its mobile application to enable customers make contactless payments at point of sales (PoS) terminals using a technology called Host Card Emulation (HCE) which enables dematerialisation of the card.

Cardholders of the bank already use smartphones as an alternative for cards on the Samsung Pay platform and the bank will next month launch its proprietary application which enables virtualisation of the card in a smartphone using near-field communication (NFC).”Among our recent innovations we have enabled our card for Bharat QR code by incorporating the feature in our app,” said Vijay Jasuja, CEO, SBI Cards. NFC TECH SBI Cards, which recently entered into an agreement for partner GE to exit the venture, is looking to double its base from 50 lakhs in two years. The company , which is the second largest issuer in India, has a renewed focus on SBI customers through pre-approved cards.

SBI Card has doubled its base in three years to over 50 lakhs and is recording fastest growth in issuance with 15 per cent market share of cards in force (CIF) as well as card spends.”Before demonetisation the card volume growth rate was around 60,000 cards per month which increased to over 1 lakh cards per month post-demonetisation period and has now grown to around 2 lakh cards per month,” said Jasuja.

At present, 15-20 per cent of cards come from co-branded partnerships like Big Bazaar and Tata.

Source: https://goo.gl/rELJQW

NTH :: SBI reduces home loan rates by up to 25 bps

By Saloni Shukla, Sangita Mehta | ET Bureau|Updated: May 08, 2017, 03.38 PM IST | Economic Times

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MUMBAI: Country’s largest bank, State Bank of India has reduced home loan rates between 10 to 25 basis points, a move that will force other lenders to reduce rates. SBI has refrained from cutting its marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR) which stands at 8% for one year. SBI has the largest share on the home loan market.

The bank will now charge salaried borrowers 8.35% on home loans upto Rs 30 lakhs as against 8.60% For loan above Rs 30 lakhs bank will charge 8.50%, down by 10 bps. The bank will continue to charge 8.60% on loans above Rs 75 lakhs. The rate cut will help only the new borrowers since the existing borrowers are locked into one year fixed rate on interest as per the rule of arriving at lending rates.

The reduction in rates comes within a month of five associate banks merging with the parent bank. Recently SBI cut deposit rates sharply by 50 basis points across different maturities.

SBI has also said that an eligible home loan customer can also avail of an interest subsidy of Rs. 2.67 lacs under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme. SBI said that to supplement the affordable housing push, SBI has also come out with special offerings for construction finance to the builders for affordable housing projects. “This will give a dual push both for construction finance and also for home finance for affordable homes.”

Mr Rajnish Kumar, managing director, SBI said, “We have seen a steep hike in the home loan enquiries recently and reduction in rates will further help millions of home buyers fulfill their dream of owning a home. Individuals can apply for home Loans through multiple channels.”

Source: https://goo.gl/ReoG9P

NTH :: SBI cuts base rate by 0.15% to 9.10%; your car, home loan EMIs set to decline

Business PTI | Apr, 03 2017 18:53:46 IST | Firtspost.com

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New Delhi – Ahead of the RBI monetary policy this week, the country’s largest bank SBI has reduced benchmark lending rate by 0.15 percent to 9.10 percent, a move that will lower EMIs for borrowers.

Base rate or the minimum lending rate of the bank has been reduced from 9.25 percent to 9.10 percent effective April 1. The bank has also reduced its base rate by 0.05 percent to 9.25 percent.

Similarly, benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) has also been reduced by similar percentage points to 13.85 percent from 14 percent.

With the reduction, EMIs for the new as well as existing borrowers who have taken housing and car loans at base rate will come down by at least 0.15 percent.

The new rate is effective from the date the bank merged five of its associates and Bharatiya Mahila Bank putting it on the list of top 50 large banks of the world.

The total customer base of the bank has reached 37 crore with a branch network of around 24,000 and nearly 59,000 ATMs across the country.

The merged entity has a deposit base of more than Rs 26 lakh crore and advances of Rs 18.50 lakh crore. It is to be noted that the SBI has made changes in signage and logo, with its iconic keyhole set against the background of inky blue.

There have been minor changes in the design and colour of SBI’s new look from April 1.

The background to the SBI signboard has been changed from white to inky blue while the SBI logo or the monogram is a few shades lighter than the existing blue.

Source: https://goo.gl/JSytJz

NTH :: MCLR impact: SBI, ICICI cut home loan rate by 0.10%

PTI Mumbai | Last Updated: April 8, 2016 | 10:39 IST | Business Today

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Leading banks SBI and ICICI on Thursday cut their home loan rates by 0.10 percentage point to 9.4 per cent following implementation of a new interest rate calculation regime mandated by RBI.

The lending rates of other banks may also fall soon with the Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR) system coming into force with effect from April 1.

If the banks decide to pass on the latest 0.25 per cent policy rate cut announced by RBI on April 5, the rates for borrowers may go down further.

SBI in a statement on Thursday said that it has fixed its home loan interest rate at 9.45 per cent, which is 0.25 percentage point more than its one-year marginal cost of fund-based lending rate of 9.20 per cent.

However, women borrower would get the loan 0.20 percentage point above the MCLR at 9.40 per cent, it said.

The new rate is applicable from April 1, it said.

As per the information available on SBI website, the earlier home loan rate 9.5 per cent for women borrowers and 9.55 per cent for others.

As per ICICI’s website, the private lender’s minimum home loan rates are also at par with its bigger rival SBI as both the 1-year MCLR and the spread over it are same.

However ICICI Bank’s effective rate of interest will go up to 9.65 per cent for loans above Rs 5 crore taken by women borrowers under floating interest rate.

The weaker section borrowers will be able to avail loans of up to Rs 25 lakh at 9.40 per cent.

RBI had asked banks to price fixed-rate loans of up to three years based on their marginal cost of funds from April 1. All banks have to follow MCLR system, a new uniform methodology which will ensure fair interest rates to borrowers as well as to banks.

Source : http://goo.gl/J5DH7k