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HKMA raises its base rate to 5.00%

The new rate took effect on 2 February.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has raised its base rate to 5.00% in response to the US Fed’s recent 25-basis points (bps) hike.

The city central bank’s new rate took effect on 2 February. Last 15 December, the central bank increased its rate to 4.75%.

According to HKMA's pre-set formula, the base rate is set either at 50bps above the lower end of the prevailing target range for the US Fed rate, or the average of the five-day moving averages of the overnight and one-month Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rates (HIBORs), whichever is the higher.

The former was 5.00%, whilst the latter was 2.05%, thus the base rate was set at 50bps above the lower end of the prevailing target range for the US Fed rate.

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