Lowering the Interbank Rate, A Pre-Requisite
By Mahdi Goodarzi & Mojde Rezaee
After lowering the inflation rate, the government started to drag other related economic indices down and managed to put the interest rate on a descending path, having supported stricter financial discipline and implemented correct monetary policies. Over the past 4 years, the Central Bank of Iran decreased this rate twice to stand at 15% on banking deposits and 18% on facilities granted.
Despite arising from so many factors, some experts, including Kamran Nadri, the Head of the Islamic Banking Group, see the following three contributing the most to sky high interest rates: banks’ weak financial and monetary structures resulting from credit crunch, high cost of money and overdue claims plus deposits flow to parallel markets which raises the probability of banks’ assets getting stuck. As long as such reasons exist, lowering the interest rate by decree will not yield any results but the weakening of state-owned banks.