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Banks follow SBV’s cue, announce rate cuts

Update: July, 11/2017 - 15:22
Several commercial banks have announced interest rate cuts following the State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV)’s decision to reduce the annual maximum short-term interest rate for đồng loans by 0.5 percentage points. — Photo vietnamnet.vn
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HÀ NỘI — Following the State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV)’s decision to cut the annual maximum short-term interest rate for đồng loans by 0.5 percentage points, several banks have announced rate cuts.

On July 7, the central bank determined that businesses in the agricultural, export and auxiliary sectors, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and high-tech firms could borrow from commercial banks at a maximum short-term rate of 6.5 per cent per year, instead of 7 per cent.

The policy came into effect on Monday.

Among the four State-owned commercial banks, the Bank for the Investment and Development of Việt Nam is the first to offer a maximum short-term lending rate of 6 per cent for the prioritised enterprises.

The Bank for Foreign Trade of Việt Nam (Vietcombank) has cut the maximum short-term lending rate by 0.5 percentage points.

The Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) has also reduced the interest rate for short-term loans from 7 per cent to 6.5 per cent, and for medium- and long-term loans from 8.5 to 8 per cent.

The Sài Gòn Thương Tín Commercial Joint Stock Bank has launched a credit package worth VNĐ1 trillion (US$44 million) which has a maximum short-term lending rate of 6.5 per cent for the prioritised sectors. Previously, the cap was 7 per cent.

On July 8, LienVietPostBank reduced the interest rate for loans across all terms by 0.25 percentage points for enterprises with strong, transparent financial capacity, classified AA and above. — VNS

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