Base Rate

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Definition: Base Rate

Base Rate

Quick Summary of Base Rate

The base rate is the lowest rate of interest that a bank will charge. However loans are normally offered at a rate of x% above base rate depending on the risk profile of the borrower.

The base rate normally matches the Bankof England base rate, which is reviewed on a monthly basis by the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. The base rate is set at a level to meet the Government’s inflation target.

Full Definition of Base Rate

Base rate, sometimes referred to as repo rate, is the minimum rate at which banks are prepared to lend money – it acts as the benchmark for other interest rates, including personal loans and mortgages.

The central bank moves base rates by changing the dealing rates at which it buys bills from the discount houses.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Base Rate are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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