HSBC Bank Malta announced that following the recent decision by the European Central Bank (ECB) to reduce interest rates by 50 basis points, it has taken a decision to pass on the full rate reduction to its borrowing customers.
The Bank’s Lending Base Rate will be 2.5% and its Home Loans Base Rate 2.25%. This comes into effect from 21 January 2009, in line with the ECB decision.
The Bank will also be reducing its deposit rates by an equivalent amount. However, the ordinary savings rate and 7-day and 1-month term deposits are only being reduced by 25 basis points and not 50 basis points. This is more advantageous to customers and gives them added value.
Furthermore, there in no change to the 3.5% interest rate on the attractive 15-month Advance Bonus Account which is currently on offer.
Interest on the Online Banking Account will be reduced by 50 basis points for balances less than €5,000 and 100 basis points for balances of €5,000 and over. The new rates for the Online Banking Account are still very attractive in the local market place.
“Given the increasingly challenging economic environment we have passed on the full benefit of this latest round of rate reductions to all of our borrowing customers. Interest rates for borrowing customers have never been lower and we believe this move will benefit the Maltese economy.
Savings customers have also benefited with competitive pricing on selected accounts such as HSBC’s savings account, 7 days and 1 month term deposits, and Online Banking accounts. HSBC’s Advance Bonus Account also offers an attractive 3.5 per cent rate on a 15 month term,” said Alan Richards, HSBC Bank Malta’s CEO.
For further information on HSBC’s interest rates one can phone HSBC customer helpline on 2380 2380.
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