Personal loan pledged by certificates of deposit CD /treasury bonds is a kind of business combining deposit and loan in which the client gets a certain amount of Renminbi loan from the bank by pledging undue certificates of time deposit and also repays the principal and interest accrued on schedule. CDs used for hypothecation are limited to certificates of time deposits issued by the savings outlets in the local administrated area of the tier-one branches of and branches under the Bank of China.
Any resident in China with full capacity for civil conduct, holder of undue certificates of time deposit in local or foreign currencies issued by the Bank of China or treasure bonds, may apply for a personal loan pledged by CDs/treasure bonds to the Bank.
The length of maturity of a personal loan pledged by CDs/treasury bonds may not exceed the due date of the pledged CD. Besides, the longest maturity shall be one year. If multiple certificates of personal deposit are pledged, the length of maturity shall be set according to the nearest due date. For automatic renewal certificates of deposit, the length of maturity shall be set according to the length of automatic renewal.
The interest rate for loans of the same grade announced by the People's Bank of China applies to the interest rate for personal loans pledged by CDs/treasury bonds. The interest rate shall not float beyond the ceiling rate specified by the People's Bank of China. If the length of maturity is less than six months, the interest rate shall be that for the six month loan. For repayment before maturity date, the interest shall be calculated according to the originally set interest rate and the actual number of days of borrowing. In case the People's Bank of China adjusts the interest rate, the contracted interest rate is still adopted within the length of maturity.
Borrowers may use the loans for purchases of houses, cars and expensive consumer durables, for house refurbishing, vacation and travel, education and other consumer demands, as well as for working capital demand in normal operations.
The minimum amount of a personal loan pledged by CDs/treasury bonds is RMB1,000. The amount of the loan shall in principle not exceed 90% of the face value of the pledged CD for deposits in foreign currencies, calculated in Renminbi translated at the current day buying rate of foreign exchange . The maximum borrowing limit of a single loan shall in principle not exceed RMB3,000,000.
The borrowers may use cash or deposits with the Bank of China for debt service. With the consent of the lender, the borrowers may repay the principal and interest of the loans ahead of schedule.