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Prime Lending Rates (Principal Banks) from 1989 to 2000

Releases

Table : Releases (Percent per annum)
Effective Dates Short-term Prime Lending Rates of Banks 1 Long-term
Prime Lending Rates
Most Frequent Highest Lowest
1989   Jan. 23 -- 4.25 -- 5.7 (1988.8.1) 2
Jan. 26 4.25 --
Jan. 27 4.25
June 19 4.875 4.875
June 20 4.875
July 3 6.0
Nov. 1 6.2
Nov. 6 5.75 5.75 5.75
Dec. 1 6.5
1990   Jan. 4 6.8
Jan. 19 6.25 6.25 6.25
Feb. 1 7.5
Mar. 29 7.125 7.125 7.125
Apr. 2 7.9
May 28 7.6
Aug. 1 7.9
Aug. 9 7.375
Aug. 10 7.375 7.375
Sep. 3 8.5
Sep. 12 8.0
Sep. 13 8.0
Sep. 14 8.0
Oct. 1 8.9
Nov. 1 8.3
Dec. 3 8.1
Dec. 11 8.25
Dec. 12 8.25
Dec. 13 8.25
1991   Jan. 4 7.8
Mar. 1 7.5
Apr. 1 7.7
Apr. 8 7.875
Apr. 10 7.875
Apr. 12 7.875
July 1 7.9
July 16 7.625
July 18 7.625
July 19 7.625
Aug. 1 7.7
Sep. 2 7.5
Sep. 11 7.375
Sep. 13 7.375
Sep. 17 7.375
Oct. 1 7.0 6.9
Oct. 4 7.0
Oct. 8 7.0
Nov. 18 6.625
Nov. 22 6.625
Nov. 27 6.625
1992   Jan. 6 6.125 6.6
Jan. 8 5.875
Jan. 10 5.875
Jan. 13 5.875
Feb. 3 6.0
Apr. 10 5.25 5.25 5.25
June 1 6.3
July 1 6.1
Aug. 3 4.75
Aug. 4 4.75
Aug. 5 4.75
Sep. 1 5.7
Nov. 2 5.5
Dec. 9 4.55
Dec. 11 4.5
Dec. 14 4.5
Dec. 16 4.5
1993   Feb. 1 5.2
Feb. 12 4.0
Feb. 15 4.0
Feb. 16 4.0
Mar. 1 4.9
May 6 5.1
June 1 5.4
Aug. 2 5.0
Aug. 31 3.75 3.75 3.75
Sep. 1 4.8
Sep. 29 3.375
Sep. 30 3.375 3.375
Oct. 1 4.5
Nov. 10 3.8
Dec. 8 3.0
Dec. 9 3.0
Dec. 10 3.0 3.5
1994   Feb. 10 3.8
Mar. 10 4.4
Aug. 10 4.7
Sep. 14 4.9
1995   Mar. 10 4.5
Apr. 11 2.750
Apr. 12 2.75 3.6
Apr. 13 2.75
Apr. 24 2.375
Apr. 25 2.375
Apr. 26 2.375
June 14 3.1
July 12 2.7
July 13 2.0
July 14 2.0 2.0
Sep. 13 1.625 3.0
Sep. 14 1.625 1.625
Oct. 13 2.8
Dec. 13 2.6
1996   Jan. 10 2.8
Feb. 15 3.0
Mar. 13 3.2
May 10 3.6
June 12 3.3
Sep. 11 3.0
Oct. 16 2.7
Dec. 11 2.5
1997   May 14 3.1
June 11 2.9
July 10 2.7
Sep. 10 2.5
Oct. 15 2.3
1998   Jan. 9 2.6
May 8 2.4
June 10 2.3
July 10 2.5
Sep. 16 1.50 1.50
Sep. 18 1.50
Oct. 9 2.3
Nov. 10 2.2
1999   Jan. 8 2.9
Mar. 10 2.6
Mar. 17 1.375
Mar. 18 1.375
Apr. 9 2.3
May 11 1.9
July 9 2.1
Aug 10 2.4
Sep. 10 2.3
Oct. 8 2.2
2000   May 10 2.15
Aug. 10 2.2
Aug. 24 1.500 1.500
Aug. 25 1.625
Sep. 8 2.4
Oct. 11 2.3
Nov. 10 2.25
Dec. 8 2.1
  1. The highest and lowest interest rates and the rate adopted by the greatest number of city banks.
    From January 23, 1989, the banks independently set the rate taking funding costs etc. into consideration.
  2. Effective dates.

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