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Announcement of the basic rate of interest as of 1 July 2019: basic rate of interest unchanged at -0.88%

Announcement of the basic rate of interest as of 1 July 2019: basic rate of interest unchanged at -0.88%

25.06.2019 | Deutsche Bundesbank DE

The Deutsche Bundesbank calculates the basic rate of interest pursuant to Section 247(1) of the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) and publishes its current level in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) pursuant to Section 247(2) of the German Civil Code.

The basic rate of interest pursuant to the German Civil Code serves primarily as a basis for calculating default interest (Section 288(1) sentence 2 of the German Civil Code). It changes on 1 January and 1 July each year by the percentage points by which the reference rate has risen or fallen since the last change in the basic rate of interest. The reference rate is the interest rate for the most recent main refinancing operation of the European Central Bank prior to the first calendar day of the six-month period concerned.

The fixed interest rate for the most recent main refinancing operation of the European Central Bank on 25 June 2019 was 0.00%. The fixed interest rate has therefore remained unchanged since 1 January 2019, the relevant date for the last change in the basic rate of interest (the fixed interest rate for the last main refinancing operation in December 2018 also stood at 0.00%).

Beginning on 1 July 2019, this amounts to a basic rate of interest pursuant to the German Civil Code of -0.88% (previously -0.88%).

The new basic rate of interest will be announced in the Federal Gazette of 27 June 2019.

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