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Composite Interest Rate: end of May 2015

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today (June 18) the composite interest rate at the end of May 2015*.

     The composite interest rate, which is a measure of the average cost of funds of banks, decreased by 2 basis points to 0.31% at the end of May 2015, from 0.33% at the end of April 2015 (see Chart 1 in the Annex). The decline in the composite interest rate in May mainly reflected a decrease in the weighted funding cost for deposits (see Chart 2 in the Annex).

     The historical data of the composite interest rate from the end of the fourth quarter of 2003 to the end of May 2015 are available in the Monthly Statistical Bulletin on the HKMA website ( The next data release is scheduled for July 17, 2015 and will provide the composite interest rate at the end of June 2015.

* The composite interest rate is a weighted average interest rate of all Hong Kong dollar interest bearing liabilities, which include deposits from customers, amounts due to banks, negotiable certificates of deposit and other debt instruments, and Hong Kong dollar non-interest bearing demand deposits on the books of banks. Data from retail banks, which account for about 90% of the total customers' deposits in the banking sector, are used in the calculation. It should be noted that the composite interest rate represents only average interest expenses. There are various other costs involved in the making of a loan, such as operating costs (e.g. staff and rental expenses), credit cost and hedging cost, which are not covered by the composite interest rate.

Ends/Thursday, June 18, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:33


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