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Cablegate: Ecuador Lowers Interest Rate Ceilings

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TAGS: EFIN ECON PGOV EC
SUBJECT: Ecuador Lowers Interest Rate Ceilings

Reftel: 07 Quito 1655

1. (SBU) Summary. Empowered by a slightly modified year-old banking l

2. (U) EcuadorQs banking law entered into force in July 2007, establis


3. (SBU) In December, the Constitutional Court declared the methodolog

4. (U) Following are the maximum interest rates for different market

Month January 2008 August 2008

Commercial 11.81 9.66
Personal consumption 21.19 17.26
Housing 13.55 11.66
Microcredit 27.98 25.50
Subsistence microcredit 39.98 35.20

5. (SBU) According to Cesar Robalino, President of the Ecuadorian Banke

6. (SBU) Comment: President Correa took office determined to push dow

7. (SBU) Comment, continued. Ironically, a second objective of the Co

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