El Salvador: Banks raise interest rates for credit

Some banks already published the adjustment and others announce that the increase in the credit rates will occur shortly, although they did not say exactly when.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Scotiabank has raised the interest rates between 0.25 and 2 percent for loans. Scotiabank sales and services director, Jose Eduardo Angulo Milla, indicated that in order to not affect clients' budget, the amount for monthly loan payments has not been modified due to the interest rate adjustment, however he reported that the "non modification of the quota generates a portion of the capital that will be accumulated when the credit term expires.

A source from Agricultural Bank confirmed that the increase in the credit interest rates will happen soon, but he did not give a date. He said that it will increase at least one percentage point.

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Banks are seeking funds to ensure financing for the housing sector with better interest rates.

EL NUEVO DIARIO.com.ni reports on its website: "Luis Rivas, General Manager of the Production Bank (Banpro), said that the funds to finance home purchases are generally intermediate, because there are no long term deposits in the country, and interest rates offered to the final consumer depend on those set by the providers of the funds.

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January 2009

Despite the measures adopted by the Executive to guarantee liquidity, the price of money continued to rise in December.

Elsalvador.com reports: "During the last of quarter of 2008 the interest rate for one year loans increase by one point to 9.58%, according to figures by the Central Reserve Bank (BCR), while for loans for more than a year, it grew 0.65%, to 10.46%.

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