PETALING JAYA: CIMB Group became the latest financial services
group to lower the base rate (BR) following Bank Negara’s unexpected move to
cut the benchmark overnight policy rate by 25 basis points to 3% on July 13.
said in a statement that the BR would be lowered by 20 basis points or 0.2% to
3.9% from 4.1% for its Malaysian loans/financing products.
base lending rate (BLR) and base financing rate (BFR) would be decreased to
6.75% from 6.95% effective July 22.
said all loans/financing pegged to BR/BLR/BFR will be adjusted accordingly.
line with this change, CIMB’s deposit rates will be revised downwards by up to
20 basis points,” it added.
group chief executive Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz said the central bank’s
“preemptive decision to reduce the OPR is both timely and strategic, given the
current challenges faced by the domestic economy due to possible spillover
effects from global uncertainties”.
said CIMB supports this accommodative monetary policy that encourages
investments and “is favourable to borrowers and consumers to improve prospects
moving forward. This cut will also reduce the risk of external imbalances, in
view of the general decline in global interest rates”.
Friday, AmBank (M) Bhd also reduced the BR and BLR by 20 basis points to 3.80%
and 6.65% respectively to be effective July 19.
Holdings Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, also the
CEO of AmBank, said while deposits would be less attractive moving forward,
consumers could explore other investment opportunities such as unit trusts and
other wealth management products which could potentially yield higher earnings.
soft consumer sentiment and low investor confidence is likely to continue
affecting domestic growth. However, the lower BR/BLR will benefit borrowers.
the whole, I am confident that this is a definitive step in the right direction
and will play a part in supporting our economic growth in the coming months,”
Banking Bhd, the country’s largest financial services group, was the first to
announce adjustments to the BR and BLR following the OPR cut.