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Banks’ excess liquidity decreased by Tk8,128 Crore

Economic Tag: Bank

Due to the central bank’s substantial dollar sales, low deposit rates, dollar appreciation, and significant client cash withdrawals, the amount of excess liquidity in the banking sector decreased by Tk8,128 crore to Tk1,37,600 crore in January compared to the previous month. After maintaining the necessary statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) and cash reserve ratio, excess liquidity is computed (CRR).

The central bank organized an auction for 91-day Treasury bills on February 19; the yield rate there was 6.84%, a decrease from 7.45% in January. According to data from the central bank, the yield rate for five-year Treasury bonds decreased from 8.29% in January to 8.20% in February. The government borrowed $46,000 billion from the central bank and returned $11,000 billion to banks.



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 The Business Standard




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The Financial Express

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Deposits in the banking industry have climbed by Tk86,000 crore through January of this year, while lending has increased by Tk1.72 lakh crore, according to figures from the central bank. In other words, bank loans have grown more quickly than deposits.

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The interest rate on deposits was raised in January by the majority of banks. Although it has risen as well, the interest on loans is still higher than that on deposits. As a result, banks’ interest income is lower now than it was in December. On 15 January, the central bank allowed the deposit interest rate cap of 6% to be withdrawn and the interest rate on consumer loans to be increased by 3%. Mainly after that, banks increase the interest rate to raise their deposits.


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The Business Standard

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Data released yesterday by the Bangladesh Bank showed that total deposits in Islamic banks declined to Tk 409,949 crore at the end of December 2022, down 2.71 percent from Tk 421,375 crore in September. This means Islamic banks lost Tk 11,426 crore in deposits in the three months, according to the October-December quarterly report on Islamic banking of the central bank.



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The Daily Star


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