National Bank pushes for lower interests on corporate loans
As of September 28th, the National Bank introduced a new upper margin for rouble loans interest rates – not higher than the average rate in the previous month, minus 1%. As a result, loans’ interest rates will be reducing by at least 1% every month and by January 1st, 2015 will fall below 30% per annum. Interest rates on deposits for individuals will be lowered too, as well as corporate expenses on servicing loans. Demand for corporate rouble loans will heat up, reducing the demand for currency loans. The main risk is that the banking system might lose some liquidity and be unable to meet the hgher demand for rouble loans.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.