The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) raised the base rate by 75 basis points to 2.0 percent on June 16th, 2022, the third time this year, hours after the US Federal Reserve delivered a rate hike of the same margin as it seeks to cool surging inflation. Monetary policy in the financial hub moves in lockstep with the Fed given the Hong Kong dollar’s peg with the US currency in a tight range of 7.75-7.85 per dollar. The rate hikes comes just as the economy gradually rebounds from the impact of strict COVID-19 restrictions, with the government recently downgraded its annual economic growth forecast to a range of 1-2%. Meantime, Bloomberg News said that local banks will decide later in the day whether to change their best lending rates in line with the HKMA. source: Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Interest Rate in Hong Kong averaged 3.10 percent from 1998 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 8 percent in May of 2000 and a record low of 0.50 percent in December of 2008. This page provides the latest reported value for - Hong Kong Interest Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Hong Kong Interest Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2022.

Interest Rate in Hong Kong is expected to be 2.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Hong Kong Interest Rate is projected to trend around 3.75 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Interest Rate 2.00 1.25 percent Jun 2022
Money Supply M1 3515250.00 3570957.00 HKD Million Apr 2022
Money Supply M0 596601.00 593942.00 HKD Million Apr 2022
Money Supply M2 16348744.00 16393669.00 HKD Million Apr 2022
Money Supply M3 16387404.00 16428066.00 HKD Million Apr 2022
Foreign Exchange Reserves 465000.00 465700.00 USD Million May 2022
Banks Balance Sheet 27042632.00 26693318.00 HKD Million Apr 2022
Loans to Private Sector 10954691.00 11031194.00 HKD Million Apr 2022

Hong Kong Interest Rate
In Hong Kong the interest rates decisions are taken by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). The main interest rate is Base rate, adjusted with accordance to the Hong Kong dollar’s demand or supply.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.00 1.25 8.00 0.50 1998 - 2022 percent Daily

News Stream
Hong Kong Raises Base Rate After Fed Move
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) raised the base rate by 75 basis points to 2.0 percent on June 16th, 2022, the third time this year, hours after the US Federal Reserve delivered a rate hike of the same margin as it seeks to cool surging inflation. Monetary policy in the financial hub moves in lockstep with the Fed given the Hong Kong dollar’s peg with the US currency in a tight range of 7.75-7.85 per dollar. The rate hike, effective immediately, comes just as the economy gradually rebounds from the impact of strict COVID-19 restrictions. Hong Kong's economy shrank 4.0% yoy in Q1 of 2022, swinging from a downwardly revised 4.7% growth in the prior period and marking the first contraction since Q4 2020 which was also the steepest pace since Q3 2020.
2022-06-16
Hong Kong Raises Base Rate After Fed Decision
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) raised the base rate by 50 basis points to 1.25 percent on May 5th, 2022, tracking a similar move by the US Federal Reserve as its currency is pegged to the US dollar. The central bank sets its base rate through a formula that is 50 basis points above the prevailing US Fed Funds Target or the average of the five-day moving averages of the overnight and one-month HIBORS (Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate), whichever is higher. The rate hike comes at a time when the Hong Kong's economy has been ravaged by a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. The city's economy shrank by 4.0% yoy in Q1 following months of social distancing rules and closed business. The HKMA has repeatedly warned Hong Kong's borrowers about the forthcoming cycle of higher interest rates while preparing to intervene in the market to support Hong Kong's weakening currency as capital flowed out of the city following high-yielding US rates.
2022-05-05
Hong Kong Raises Base Rate by 25 Bps After Fed Tightening
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority raised the base rate by 25 basis points to 0.75 percent on March 17th, 2012, tracking a similar move by the US Federal Reserve as its currency is pegged to the US dollar. The central bank sets its base rate through a formula that is 50 basis points above the prevailing US Fed Funds Target or the average of the five-day moving averages of the overnight and one-month HIBORS (Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate), whichever is higher. The rate hike comes at a time when the Hong Kong's economy is facing its worst virus outbreak, which has forced the government to tighten restrictions. In recent months, Financial Secretary Paul Chan has reassured investors that the city is well positioned to manage a rate hike.
2022-03-17