Thursday, February 24, 2011

Benchmark Lending?

Benchmark is a term by which we mean a set of standards used for evaluating the level of quality or performance. It cab be drawn from companies own experience or from the other companies experience. While by benchmark lending we refer to the interest rate that banks have to pay when they borrow money. Now you will be thinking that does a bank also borrow money from other in the form of loan? The answer would definitely be yes, banks also borrow money. The bank has to keep some amount of money as a reserve. But sometimes it happens that they don’t borrow money over a short period of time, say one night, and then they don’t have reserves left, for this they have to borrow money on a certain interest rate. Due to this reason, banks and mortgage companies tries to find people who are in need of a loan and then provide them loan, so banks can earn money from that loan given to customer by taking interest. It can be valuable business to the bankers and mortgage companies who are providing loan, when there are lots of customers in the market.

The bank is when borrowing money, it also has to pay some interest, that interest rate is called benchmark rate. It is the lowest interest rate which the investor accepts for a non treasury investment. It is also known as base interest rate. But the interest rate fluctuates, when there are a wide variety of pressures from surrounding. This rate is usually set by the Federal Reserve in the United States. But most people use the interest rate which is set by the Central banks. The rate is set by government officials when it is set by the Central Banks because the government wants the rate to be low so can promote lending and financial growth. With this, government also makes sure that the rate does not become so low that there is no room for earning profits.
The benchmark rates are usually used by banks and other lenders, so could determine the interest rates for their financial products, like credit cards, car loan, and home loans. The bank also uses the benchmark rate to determine the prime rate. Prime rate is the lowest interest rate which the banks offer to their customers. This prime rate is popular in Canada for benchmark lending. It is made to help people to recover from predatory lending. Banks related to the public sector, usually cut their benchmark prime lending rate to 200 basis points while private banks cut up to 50 basis points. Now-a-days, there is a difference in prime rate and benchmark rate.
Benchmark lending provides loans and banking solutions for benchmark lending group. It also provides financial assistance. You can get new home or can refinance your existing home for over ten years. The banking sector is heading towards a cheaper rate rule. Due to this, the banks and other lenders are cutting down the benchmark lending rates in two channels. In first channel, banks cut the benchmark rates to 50 bases while in second channel; they cut the rates with a 15 day lag.


  1. Dude fuck the bands, just this post alone makes me nauseous.

  2. I did not know that. It's a good thing to know though.

  3. thanks for sharing something that i didn't know, much appreciated :)

  4. Isn't that the same as loansharking??

  5. Great post; very informative. Thank you for the useful post!

  6. What people don't realize is that when a bank loans you money, they are loaning you someone else's money, not their own.

  7. Interesting read... Might I suggest you change the layout of your blog?

    Its insanely cluttered and that drives readers away. Free it up a little, let it breath.

  8. Need to expand the width of the posting! Too hard to read! Thumbs up for content though!

  9. I just learned something by reading this post.

  10. Thnaks for the info but i had yo copy the text to Notepad to read it pelase change the layout :D

  11. One hell of a blog. Following.

  12. Very random... and interesting as well :P

  13. That was fun to read! Thanks a lot!

  14. Nice! Finally someone who has learned me something!

  15. This is the most confusing sutff, but at the same time intruiging :D

  16. i thought this was about benchmark for a PC... like testing the gpu speed?

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