Base Rates UK  

Definition of Base Rate. In the UK, the base rate is the term given to describe the interest rate which the Bank of England control. The base rate is the rate that the Bank charge commercial banks and discount houses. It is also known as the Repo Rate. The base rate is used to influence other interest rates throughout the economy. Most borrowers from commercial banks pay a premium on the base rate.

Base rates may also be a term used to describe the main standard variable rate of a commercial bank

Changes in the Base Rate

The Bank of England changes the base rate to influence the level of economic activity and achieve the objective of low inflation. See Bank Of England Interest Rate

Graphs of Base Rates

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More base rate graphs at historical interest rates in UK

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