Interest rates

Credit growth expected to stabilize: Central Bank

Credit growth rates are expected to stabilize following the policy rate decision taken in March and the macroprudential measures, according to the Central Bank.

Total loan growth has accelerated since the bank's rate-setting meeting in February, the bank said in the summary of the March Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, released on March 28.

Deposit rates climb higher after Central Bank’s move

Turkish banks have hiked their deposit rates and loan rates after the Central Bank, in a surprise move, increased the policy rate by 500 basis points to 50 percent last week. 

The average return on three-month lira deposits rose to 55.66 percent. The three-month deposit rate was around 28 percent almost a year ago.

Banks see rates staying high

Greek banks estimate that interest rates will remain high, namely between 2.7% and 3% in 2024-2026, keeping interest income at high levels for the following years as well.

Interest income increased by 51% to 8.1 billion euros in 2023, contributing the bulk of organic revenue of €10.4 billion.

Central Bank hikes key interest rate by 500 bps to 50 percent

Türkiye's Central Bank has decided to opt for lifting the key policy rate, increasing the one-week repo auction rate from 45 percent to 50 percent.

Most economists had expected the Central Bank, which held the policy rate steady last month after eight straight increases, to keep the rate unchanged at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on March 21.

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