El Salvador: Maximum Rates for Loans Announced

As of January 1, 2018, new maximum legal interest rates are in force in application of the law against usury and its reforms.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

From a statement issued by the Central Bank of El Salvador:

The new Maximum Legal Rates (Tasas Máximas Legales or TML in Spanish) will come into effect on January 1, 2018, which correspond to the tenth calculation made since the entry into force of the Law Against Usury, reports the Central Reserve Bank. 
Included in this calculation are the second reforms to the Law Against Usury and their respective modifications in the applicable regulations. The amendments to the Law were approved by the Legislative Assembly on August 17, 2016 and are effective as of September 17, 2016.   
The Central Bank explained that one of the main reforms establishes that in no case will the legal maximum interest rate exceed three times the current rate of the consumer credit segment for natural persons with a discount order, of up to twelve Minimum Urban Salaries of the Trade and Service Sector (SMUSCS), which may not increase during two consecutive periods. In that sense, the highest effective interest rate that can be charged for a loan in our country, must not exceed 93.27%. 

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