Costa Rica's Central Bank raises interest rates to 8%

The short term interest rate, which is used by the Central Bank to influence the market, rose 100 basis points Thursday to eight percent.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The rate jump was made possible by movements the currency has undergone since it began a limited float.
It allows more freedom for the Central Bank to manage interest rates as an instrument of monetary policy without having to buy dollars.
Now the bank can return to its monetary policy of trying to reduce inflationary pressures.
The value of the colón has fallen as a result of changes in investor expectations from a possible rise to a likely decline, analysts said.
The interest rate increase is an effort to narrow the spread between currencies, which has been broad and arbitrary.

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October 2008

The BCCR increased interest rates for electronic deposits in colones acquired over the internet.

Gross interest rate (which includes the 8% tax) for 30 day deposits increased from 5.43% to 6.0%.
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