Interest Rates

An interest rate is the “rate of interest charged for the use of money, usually expressed as an annual rate”. Interest, the money actually paid for that use, can be viewed as what is paid to attract deposits, or a charge for money loaned. All domestic financial institutions regulated by the Central Bank of Barbados (domestic licensees) are required to report on interest rates paid to customers for savings and time deposits attracted. Similarly, domestic licensees are also required to report on interest rates charged for various loans extended. With this information statistics are compiled on the minimum and maximum rates, as well as weighted average deposit and lending rates.

As one of its functions a central bank acts as bankers to the Government, banks and other deposit-taking entities that it licenses. The interest rate that a central bank charges to its licensees is called a bank rate. Additionally, sovereigns periodically issue Treasury Bills, Treasury Notes, Debentures and other securities as a means to finance government. Funds are paid to attract individuals and companies to purchase these instruments. By purchasing these instruments, individuals and companies lend to the countries. The funds paid to attract the purchase are expressed in percentage rates.

In addition to deposit and lending rates, the Central Bank of Barbados also shares information on the Treasury Bill and bank rates for Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Canada, UK and the USA in the following tables:

  1. Selected Interest Rates (Table E1)
  2. Comparative Treasury Bill Rates and Bank Rates (Table E2)

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Exchange Rates

An exchange rate is fundamentally the “price at which one country’s currency can be converted into another currency. Each business day the Central Bank of Barbados (the Bank) makes available to the public the buying and selling rates for notes, telegraphic transfers, and demand/sight. These are based on base rates sourced primarily from Bloomberg, to which margins are then applied. The Bank provides rates on various currencies including the US dollar, Canadian dollar, Pound Sterling, East Caribbean Dollar, Belizean Dollar, Euro and in some instances Guyana Dollar. ( see Historical Exchange Rates)

In addition to these daily public rates, the Bank also provides monthly series reflecting the base rates that apply on the last day of the month (end of period), and base rates reflective of the average of the rates for the month (average for period). Also note that the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) series are sourced from the IMF website

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  1. Historical Exchange Rates (from January 4 2010)
  2. BDS$ Par/Central Rate of Selected Currencies and the SDR – End of Period (Table E3)
  3. BDS$ Par/Central Rate of Selected Currencies and the SDR – Average for Period (Table E4)
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Exchange Rates July 2019 (E3, E4) BDS$ PAR/CENTRAL RATE OF SELECTED CURRENCIES AND THE SDR -AVERAGE FOR PERIOD...
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Exchange Rates June 2019 (E3, E4) BDS$ PAR/CENTRAL RATE OF SELECTED CURRENCIES AND THE SDR -AVERAGE FOR PERIOD...
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