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Profit rates on savings schemes increased by up to 250 basis points

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During the higher policy rate of the central bank and the current increase in cut-off yields of secondary market coupons, the Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) has announced to increase profit rates on all national savings schemes.

Sources said that the new rates would be applicable to deposits and saving certificates/investments made starting from May 10. The State Bank of Pakistan increased its discount rate by 250 basis points to 12.25 percent in April.

Consequently, cut-off yields on treasury bills and Pakistan Investment Bonds have reached a record 15 percent. Inflation measured by Consumer Price Index (CPI) jumped to a two-year high of 13.4 percent in April.

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The return on saving accounts and certificates are related to the central bank’s policy rates and are usually kept slightly greater to draw savings from small savers without extremely affecting the government budget. The government had increased profits on savings schemes during the past few months after reaching a peak in December last year.

Moreover, the Ministry of Finance issued a notification in which the CDNS has currently increased the profit rate on a one-year Defence Savings Certificate (DSC) to 8 percent from 5 percent.

Similarly, the returns on Pensioner Behbood Account, pensioner saving certificate, Behbood Saving Certificates, and Shuhadas Family Welfare Account have also witnessed an increase by 1.44bps to 14.16 percent from 12.72 percent at present.

The return on Regular Income Certificates witnessed an increase of 12 percent from 11.04 percent, a growth of 0.96bps. The profit margin on Special Saving Certificates and Special Saving Accounts (6-month to 30-month tenor) was also enhanced to 12.40 percent from 11 percent at present, an increase of 1.40bps. The return on the saving account was increased by 250bps to 10.75 percent from 8.25 percent at present.

Meanwhile, the CDNS has also dispatched revised rate sheets to all the regional offices along with guidelines that present stock of defense saving certificates, regular income certificates,  and blank special savings certificates, which would now be used by affixing rubber stamps with Issue61, Issue65 and Issue61, correspondingly, in addition to revised rates before issuance.

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