Bajaj Finance, HDFC Hike Fixed Deposit Rates Ahead of RBI’s Policy Meet

In what could be interpreted as the first signs of a likely directional change in broader interest costs, Bajaj Finance and HDFC Ltd - India's market leaders, respectively, in consumer financing and mortgage lending - have hiked deposit rates by up to 30 basis points for tenures up to five years. One basis point is 0.01%. 
The rate hike which comes ahead of next week's meeting of the central bank's Monetary Policy Committee by both non-banking finance companies (NBFC) . might be a sign of higher future borrowing costs. New deposit rates will apply immediately. 
Experts say the move can be seen as a prelude to a change in the interest rate cycle over the next two quarters. To be sure, higher deposit rates would mean slightly higher returns for savers putting their surplus funds into debt instruments. Most experts see higher funding costs and a changing interest environment specially in the one to three-year segment.
Bajaj Finance increased corporate deposit rates by 30 basis points for tenures between two and five years. Savers can now earn 6.65% for 24-35-month maturities and 7.05%  for 36-60-month maturities. 
Separately, HDFC, India's biggest home financier, sought to realign interest rates in its corporate deposit plans. It raised long-term deposit rates by 5-10 basis points for three-year and five-year categories, but reduced one-year rates by a quarter percentage point. 
HDFC is offering a maximum of 6.50% for five-year deposits. 
Shorter duration rates up to one-year maturity have risen lately, have risen of late even as the RBI is seen  to be seeking to normalise liquidity flows.
 The benchmark yield has not increased much. The 364-day Treasury Bill last week yielded 4.13%, 32 basis points higher than two months ago. Over the same period, the benchmark bond yield rose 12 basis points to 6.33%.
Three-year triple-A rated corporate bonds are now yielding in the range of 5-5.25%, about 50-60 basis points higher than the levels seen six months ago.



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