May 05, 2021 | Invest Indonesia

Interest rate transparency has helped lower basic lending rate: BI

Source from: Antara News

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Bank Indonesia’s policy asking banks to ensure transparency regarding lending rates has provided a positive impetus to banks for reducing their basic lending rate (SBDK).

“Bank Indonesia provides information on basic lending rates to the public and then sends sentiment to banks in a positive way to then continue to lower their basic lending rates,” Bank Indonesia Deputy Governor Dody Budi Waluyo said during an online discussion in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Transparency in basic lending rates has helped build sentiment towards lowering various credit rates quickly, in a span of just two months, he disclosed.

“If we look at the interest rate side, between the basic credit interest rate and our policy rate, we have dropped, with a difference of only around 3.9 percent from the previous range of 4.2 percent to 4.5 percent. This means that within two months, the basic interest rate for bank credit has been lowered, ” Dody pointed out.

Before the rate transparency policy, the basic lending rate reduction tended to be limited to just 83 bps to 9.70 percent in 2020, he said. In fact, from 2020 to early 2021, Bank Indonesia has cut the benchmark interest rate by 150 basis points (bps) to the level of 3.50 percent, he added.

Through the lowering of the basic lending rate, the difference in deposit interest rates, which was in the range of 10 percent, has now gradually narrowed to around 9 percent, he continued.

In the money market, loose liquidity and a 150-bps cut in the BI 7 Days’ Reverse Repo Rate since 2020 have driven the average overnight Interbank Money Market (PUAB) interest rate down by 3.04 percent. Meanwhile, in the banking sector, the basic lending rate as of February, 2021 was recorded at 171 bps (yoy).

With banks maintaining transparency in prime lending rates, Bank Indonesia is hoping that debtors, business actors, and corporations would start taking out loans again, Waluyo said.

“The basic interest rates for loans for consumption, mortgage and non-mortgage loans, as well as for corporations have started to dip in the last two months. This means that this is because it has an impact on the transparency of prime lending rates for banks to the public,” he explained.

Reporter: Kuntum K, Azis Kurmala
Editor: Rahmad Nasution