Axis Bank cuts base rate by 0.35% to 9.50%

Mumbai: Axis Bank, country’s third largest private sector lender, on Wednesday followed others in the system by cutting its base rate or the minimum rate of lending by 0.35% to 9.50%.

“Axis Bank has revised its base rate from 9.85% to 9.50% per annum with effect from October 5,” the bank said in a statement.

This is third rate cut by the Shikha Sharma-led bank this fiscal, following a 0.20% cut in April and a 0.10% cut in June.

The move comes a day after the RBI’s monetary policy announcement, where Governor Raghuram Rajan cut its key rates by 0.50%, leading to a rush of base rate revisions by banks, led by State Bank of India.

SBI announced a 0.40% cut in lending rate to 9.30%, which is the most competitive in the market at present.

State-run Bank of India cut its base rate by 0.25% to 9.70 per cent, its peer Andhra Bank cut it by a similar measure of 0.25%.

Bankers were almost unanimous in saying that borrowers should expect cut in lending rates following the RBI move.

Soon after the RBI policy announcement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had expressed hope that banks will transmit the benefit to borrowers so as to boost investments as well as the economy.