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Banks see liquidity rise despite Tet cash demand

Update: February, 10/2015 - 09:02
"Savings in banks, with an annual interest rate of 6 to 6.5 per cent, are still considered more attractive than other investment channels." — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS)  — A surge in deposits during the last few months has helped banks ramp up their liquidity, despite growing demand for Tet cash.

Previously, both individuals and firms often experienced high cash demand during the months leading up to Tet, due to which banks' deposits often fell.

Truong Dinh Long, deputy general director of the Orient Commercial Bank, told the Dau tu (Investment) newspaper that even though Tet is approaching, his bank's deposits in January had risen by more than 6 per cent from the month before.

He added that idle money deposited at his bank had also increased during the past few months through a reduction in deposit interest rates.

Savings in banks, with an annual interest rate of 6 to 6.5 per cent, are still considered more attractive than other investment channels, he pointed out.

Deputy General Director of Nam A Bank Tran Ngoc Tam also said deposits at his bank had remained healthy during the last months of the lunar year, when both individuals and enterprises often reported high demand for Tet cash. Owing to this, his bank's liquidity has remained robust.

Another reason for this is that banks have also launched more promotional schemes to lure depositors.

Le Tham Duong, the head of the Business Administration Faculty under the HCM City Banking University, said the deposit interest rate is still positive, compared with inflation, so people still prefer to deposit their spare cash in banks.

This year savings will remain intact in banks as annual deposit interest rates are still pegged at 5 to 6 per cent, which is higher than inflation. According to ANZ bank, inflation this year is anticipated to hover around 3 per cent.

Experts also pointed out that deposits and savings are still seen as safe investments, as the central bank's monetary policy appears to be more supportive of the Vietnamese dong.

According to the latest survey on business trends at credit institutions and foreign banks' branches during the first quarter of this year, liquidity in the banking system has continuously improved. Roughly 89 per cent of surveyed credit institutions said their liquidity had improved from last year and is currently in a good condition. Strong liquidity will continue to be maintained this year as well, State Bank of Viet Nam forecasted.

Under the survey, the institutions also anticipate that their deposits will rise by 4.5 per cent on average during the first quarter this year and surge by 14.35 per cent for the entire year. — VNS

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