Interest rates on foreign currency deposits will continue to reduce despite deposits’ outflow

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May 27, 2016 13:55

According to the National Bank, in April 2016, the population reduced foreign currency deposits in the banking system by USD 80 million to USD 7 834.5 million. Over the past six months, Belarusians have withdrawn circa USD 500 million from the banking system. Foreign currency deposits in the banking system are expected to continue to decline, as well as foreign currency lending to the real sector of the economy. Interest rates on foreign currency loans will be reduced and low demand for government securities in foreign currency will be preserved due to their long-term maturity and reduced profitability. Regardless of deposits’ outflow, banks will continue to lower rates on foreign currency deposits due to the lack of sufficient number of reliable foreign currency borrowers and the pressure from the National Bank to reduce public debt servicing costs, in which banks have also invested.

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