Romania’s 3-month ROBOR hits fresh 3y8m high, approaches 3 pct

Sorin Melenciuc 21/06/2018 | 11:31

Romania’s three month money market rate (ROBOR), the main indicator that sets the interest rates for RON currency borrowers, reached on Thursday a new record of the last three years and eight months of 2.95 percent, National Bank of Romania (BNR) data show.

The ROBOR 3M calculated for June 21, 2018, is the highest since October 3, 2014. The 3-month rate rose by 0.02 percentage point from the previous market session.

Compared with the end of 2017, the 3-month index rose by 0.90 percentage point, from 2.05 percent.

On May 7, Romania’s central bank raised the monetary interest rate from 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent, the highest level since February 2015, in line with economists’ expectations, who see the decision as a consequence of upward revision of the inflation forecast.

Analysts say the 3-month money market rate should be above the central bank’s policy rate.

The 3-month ROBOR index reached a record low of 0.68 percent in September 2016.

The 6-month ROBOR index stood at 3.07 percent on Thursday, a record high since June 2, 2014.

Romania’s central bank also had weekly open market operations during the last two months, absorbing excess liquidity in the market.

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