Romania’s 3-month ROBOR hits fresh 4-year high of 3.14 pct

Sorin Melenciuc 26/06/2018 | 11:47

Romania’s three month money market rate (ROBOR), the main indicator that sets the interest rates for RON currency borrowers, increased on Tuesday to a fresh record high of the last four years and one month of 3.14 percent, National Bank of Romania (BNR) data show.

The ROBOR 3M calculated for June 26, 2018, is the highest since May 7, 2014. The 3-month rate rose by 0.01 percentage point from the previous market session.

Compared with the end of 2017, the 3-month index rose by 1.09 percentage point, from 2.05 percent.

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

The 6-month ROBOR index rose from 3.20 percent to 3.24 percent on Tuesday, a record high since May 15, 2014.

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.

Romania’s central bank also had weekly open market operations during the last couple of months, absorbing excess liquidity in the market. On Monday, Romania’s central bank absorbed RON 5.5 billion through one-week deposit tender.

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