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Deposit rates hit new lows
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Deposit rates hit new lows

The Saigon Times

File photo of a teller holding a stack of Vietnamese banknotes. Local commercial banks have continued slashing mobilization rates to as low as 2.5% per annum - PHOTO: THANH HOA

HCMC – Local banks have continued slashing deposit rates to as low as 2.5% per annum, in tandem with the Government’s principle of lowering lending rates to support borrowers.

Techcombank has reduced deposit rates in dong by 0.1 to 0.4 percentage points compared with earlier this month, with those for the one-month term ranging from 2.55% to 2.9% per annum, the three-month term from 2.75% to 3.1% per annum, the six-month term from 4.2% to 4.7% per annum and the 12-month tenor from 4.8% to 5.2% per annum. The lowest level is 2.5% per annum, applicable for transactions at bank counters.

Nam A Bank has also cut mobilization rates for tenors under six months to 3.95% per annum, while that of six months is 6.3% and 12 months is 7%. HDBank has lowered deposit rates by some 0.15 percentage points to 3.8% per annum for tenors under six months, 5.8% for six months and 6.4% to 7.4% for 12 months.

According to SSI Securities Company, August’s interbank rates dropped due to high liquidity at local lenders. The State Bank of Vietnam purchased some US$3.3 billion, thus injecting around VND76 trillion into the market.

This has facilitated further deposit rate cuts at banks, while mobilization growth has far outpaced credit growth. Therefore, deposit rates are likely to drop further in the coming time, the brokerage firm said.

Phan Viet Cuong, director of individual customer department at Viet Capital Bank, said the lender has slashed deposit rates five times in the past five months, with the latest showing the biggest drop of up to 0.3 percentage points.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Viet Capital Bank has seen strong mobilization growth, with this year’s target within reach. Since June, the credit growth rate has accelerated, especially in the business and production sector.

Therefore, the credit growth rate has almost equaled that of mobilization. To speed up lending, Viet Capital Bank introduced a preferential loan program for the production and business sector, personal spending and homebuyers since early September, with rates from 7.69% to 9.39% per annum.

To cut credit rates further, Viet Capital Bank will reduce fees for counter transactions and encourage clients to shift to online transactions, Cuong said.

Other banks have also introduced numerous credit packages to attract borrowers in the final months of 2020.

Having reduced mobilization rates nearly one month ago, ABBank has announced the fourth lending rate cut this year, bringing lending rates down to 5.9% per annum for the first six months and 6.9% for the next six months. Otherwise, customers can enjoy a rate of 6.9% in the first 12 months along with some preferential policies in payments.

Since the middle of September, BIDV has revised down the lending rates of its VND10-trillion credit package, launched in February, by 0.5 percentage points. Borrowers are now subject to lending rates from 5% to 6% per annum for tenors between four and 12 months.

Earlier, the bank also announced lending rates for other packages, such as the VND70-trillion package for the business and production sector.

Given the current slow credit growth rate at some 4.4%, local banks are poised to continue lowering lending rates in the time to come.

According to the State Bank of Vietnam, as of the end of July, the banking system had reported a credit growth rate of 4.05% compared with the end of 2019. Some industries had seen high credit growth rates, such as construction with 5.82%, trading with 4.22%, the industrial sector with 3.01% and agro-forestry-fisheries with 3.06%.

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