Interest Rates Down in Panama

Over the last ten years interest rates for loans has shown a downward trend.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

According to information from the Panama Superintendence of Banks, the interest rates for commercial loans decreased from 10.5% to 7.5% and for consumer loans the reduction in rates was 2.8 percentage points from 12.7% to 9.9%.

"In the case of industry loans, the rate went from 10.5% to 7.6%, resulting in 2.9 percentage point drop," reports the article at

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