Costa Rica: Banks Start Raising Interest Rates

Entities have already registered increases in rates for loans and investments in local currency, adjusting to the increases that the Central Bank has made in the monetary policy rate and the rate for electronic deposits.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The increase has occurred in a generalized way in most of the interest rates offered by banks and financial institutions for loans and deposits in colones, days after the Central Bank raised the rate for deposits made through its electronic platform. reports that "...The increase is seen in the Interbank Reference Rate (TRI) of the Chamber of Banks, which also reflects increases, especially in terms of 1 and 3 months.  Within a month, for example, the rate went from 1.41% on May 31 to 2.77% on June 21." 

"... Some credit rates also reflect increases.  For example, the average national-interest rate of state-owned banks for housing rose from 9.44% on June 6 to 9.69% on June 20 and the consumption rate from 21.69% to 21.78% on the same dates."

The passive base rate yesterday rose to 5.50%, up from the 4.95% registered the previous week. This indicator has been showing a clear upward trend in recent weeks.


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