Euribor rises to 3-month to new high (but it’s not all bad news)

The 12-month Euribor rate, which is currently the most widely used in Portugal for floating-rate mortgages, fell today to 3.953%, down 0.025 points from its peak since November 2008 of 3.978%, which verified on Thursday.

According to the Bank of Portugal, the 12-month Euribor already represents 43% of the “stock” of floating-rate permanent home ownership loans, while the six-month Euribor represents 32%.

After rising to 0.005% on 12 April 2022, for the first time positive since 5 February 2016, the 12-month Euribor has been in positive territory since 21 April 2022.

The average 12-month Euribor rose from 3.338% in January to 3.534% in February, plus 0.196 points.

The six-month Euribor rate, which entered positive territory on June 6, also fell today to 3.445%, down 0.016 points from a new high since November 2008 of 3.461% verified on Thursday.

The six-month Euribor was negative for six years and seven months (between 6 November 2015 and 3 June 2022).

The six-month average Euribor rose from 2.864% in January to 3.135% in February, plus 0.271 points.

Conversely, the three-month Euribor, which entered positive territory on July 14 for the first time since April 2015, rose today to 2.978%, up 0.030 points and a new high since November 2008.

The three-month Euribor rate was negative between 21 April 2015 and the latest 13 July (seven years and two months).

The average Euribor quarter rose from 2.354% in January to 2.640% in February, an increase of 0.286 points.

Euribor started to rise significantly from 4 February 2022 after the European Central Bank (ECB) admitted it could raise key interest rates this year due to rising inflation in the eurozone and the trend was boosted by the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

At the latest monetary policy meeting on February 2, the ECB once again raised key interest rates by 50 basis points, the same increase as on December 15, when it began to slow the pace of increases from the previous two . which were 75 basis points, respectively on 27 October and 8 September.

On July 21, the ECB raised its three main interest rates by 50 basis points for the first time in 11 years.

Three-, six- and 12-month Euribor rates hit historic lows, respectively, of -0.605% on 14 December 2021, -0.554% and -0.518% on 20 December 2021.

Euribor is determined by the average of the interest rates at which a group of 57 banks in the eurozone are willing to lend money to each other in the interbank market.

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