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SAMA Repo Rate, interest rate central bank Saudi Arabia

Charts - historic SAMA interest rates

Graph Saudi Ariabian interest rate - interest rates last year

Graph Saudi Ariabian interest rate - long-term graph

The current Saudi Ariabian interest rate (base rate) is 2.000 %

Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

The central bank of Saudi Arabia is the the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, also known as SAMA. The most important activities of the SAMA are:
  • issuing the national currency, the Saudi Riyal;
  • supervising the commercial banks;
  • to act as a bank for the government;
  • managing the Saudi Arab foreign exchange reserves;
  • executing monetary policy aimed at price and exchange rate stability;
  • promoting growth and stability of the financial system.
The most important tools which are used by the central bank of Saudi Arabia are the exchange rate and monetary policies. Regarding the exchange rate policies the link to the American dollar is a consequence of the fact that the Saudi Arabian prosperity is depending on the American prosperity to a large extent. With regards to the monetary policy, the repo rate is used to influence the short term interest level and the inflation level.

SAMA Repo Rate

When reference is made to the Saudi Arabian interest rate this often refers to the SAMA Repo Rate. SAMA uses the repo rate and the reverse repo rate to influence the daily liquidity in the financial system and the overnight interest rate (interest rate with a maturity of 1 day). When the repo rate is changed the interbank interest rate often follows quickly. This has consequences for the interest rate on bank products like savings accounts, mortgages and loans.

This page shows the current and historic values of SAMA's repo rate.

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Tables - current and historic interest rates of the central bank of Saudi Arabia

SAMA latest interest rate changes

 change date percentage
 january 19 2009 2.000 %
 december 16 2008 2.500 %
 november 01 2008 3.000 %
 october 30 2008 4.000 %
 october 12 2008 5.000 %
 february 08 2007 5.500 %
 june 29 2006 5.200 %
 february 01 2006 5.000 %
 december 16 2005 4.750 %
 october 25 2005 4.500 %

Summary of other central banks’ interest rates

 central bank interest rate region percentage date
 FED interest rate United States 0.250 % 12-16-2008
 RBA interest rate Australia 2.500 % 08-06-2013
 BACEN interest rate Brazil 11.000 % 04-02-2014
 BoE interest rate Great Britain 0.500 % 03-05-2009
 BOC interest rate Canada 1.000 % 09-08-2010
 PBC interest rate China 6.000 % 07-06-2012
 ECB interest rate Europe 0.150 % 06-05-2014
 BoJ interest rate Japan 0.100 % 10-05-2010
 CBR interest rate Russia 8.000 % 07-25-2014
 SARB interest rate South Africa 5.750 % 07-17-2014

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American interest rate (Fed)0.25 %12-16-2008
Australian interest rate (RBA)2.50 %08-06-2013
British interest rate (BoE)0.50 %03-05-2009
Canadian interest rate (BOC)1.00 %09-08-2010
European interest rate (ECB)0.15 %06-05-2014
Japanese interest rate (BoJ)0.10 %10-05-2010
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