CBN Mandates DMBs To Maintain Loan To Deposit Ratio Of 60% Effective Sept 30, 2019

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Thursday, July 04, 2019, 06:00AM /CBN

In order to ramp up growth of the Nigerian economy through investment in the real sector, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the following measures:

1)    All DMBs are hereby required to maintain a minimum Loan to Deposit Ratio (LDR) of 60% by September 30, 2019. This ratio shall be subject to quarterly review.

2)   To encourage SMEs, Retail, Mortgage and Consumer Lending, these sectors shall be assigned a weight of 150% in computing the LDR for this purpose. The CBN shall provide a framework for classification of enterprises/businesses that fall under these categories.

3)     Failure to meet the above minimum LDR by the specified date shall result in a levy of additional Cash Reserve Requirement equal to 50% of the lending shortfall of the target LDR.

The CBN shall continue to review development in the market with a view to facilitating graeter investment in the real sector of the Nigerian economy.

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