Benchmark interest rate

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Benchmark interest rate

Also called base interest rate, it is the minimum interest rate investors will demand for investing in a non-Treasury security. It is also tied to the yield to maturity offered on the comparable-maturity treasury security that was most recently issued (on-the-run).

Benchmark Interest Rate

An interest rate against which other interest rates are calculated. For example, LIBOR is considered a benchmark rate because floating-rate instruments are related to it (for example, one may be calculated as LIBOR + 1%). Central banks make loans to banks under their jurisdiction at certain interest rates, which are then used as benchmarks for the loans those banks make.
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While there is no limit on duration, all Shari'ah compliant instruments available in the market carry returns pegged with market benchmark rates and arc repriced periodically.
Banks have been fined billions of pounds in settlements relating to fixing of benchmark rates.
Benchmark rates are for ascertaining interest rates on loans and advances sanctioned up to June 30, 2010.
A committee was set up in April to look into the working of the Tibor following global investigations into manipulation of benchmark rates such as Libor and Euribor, according to a Reuters report.
Almost a year after the LIBOR rate-rigging scandal erupted in London 6 where banks were found to be colluding to manipulate the benchmark rate they lend to each other that affects the cost of consumer loans 6 the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced Friday it's reprimanding banks for what it says are similar shenanigans in the city-state's benchmark rates.
The rates are the average interest rate that major banks in Tokyo and London charge for interbank lending, and are widely used as benchmark rates for other loans such as corporate borrowing.
A collage of benchmark rates shows that for about two thirds of world GDP, interest rates are below 2%.
As order has been restored to DR's monetary accounts and overall macroeconomic conditions have improved, benchmark rates have sharply declined, with yields on the Central Bank's 12-month zero-coupon bills, the instrument of choice of institutional investors, sliding to 9.
The price records were driven by dwindling inventory, unrelenting demand and still-low interest rates for long-term home loans, despite the Federal Reserve Bank's steady increase of key benchmark rates.
The cut brought benchmark rates to their lowest level in 40 years.
3% in private-passenger automobile benchmark rates, citing unfavorable trends of collision, uninsured motorist and property-damage liability claims.
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