The Dutch long-term interest rate based on the return of the most recent ten-year public loan averaged 1.9 percent in April 2014. The interest rate remained fairly stable over the past few months. In February and March, the rate was 1.9 and 1.8 percent respectively.
In November 2013, the European Central Bank (ECB) has changed various interest rates. The most important ECB rate, the repo rate, was lowered by 0.25 percentage points to 0.25 percent, effective from 13 November 2013. The deposit rate, often considered as the bottom rate of the financial market, remained unchanged at 0.00 percent.
One of the main guidelines for the ECB’s decision to change or refrain from changing the interest rate is the level of inflation in the eurozone. According to the ECB, eurozone prices are stable, if the inflation rate is close to 2 percent. Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, recorded an inflation rate of 0.7 percent in the eurozone in April.
Capital market interest rate (latest ten-year public loan)
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