Euribor rates have increased their popularity as reference rates for new housing loans throughout the early part of the year. In March 2012, as much as 84% of new housing loans were linked to a Euribor rate. As in the previous months, 11% of new housing-loan drawdowns were linked to a fixed rate and almost 6% to banks' own reference rates. In December 2011, as much as 12% of new housing loans were still linked to prime rates. The fall in Euribor rates and their increased popularity has also induced a drop in average interest rates on new housing loans in the early part of the year. In March 2012, the average interest rate on new housing-loan drawdowns was 2.23%.
Households' new drawdowns of housing loans amounted to EUR 1.6 bn in March 2012, which is almost as much as a year earlier. The average interest rate on new housing-loan drawdowns fell by 0.14 percentage point from February, to 2.23%. At end-March the stock of euro-denominated housing loans amounted to EUR 82.5 bn and carried an average interest rate of 2.34%. The annual growth rate of the housing loan stock increased from February, to 6.5% in March.New drawdowns of loans to non-financial corporations (excluding overdrafts and credit card credit) amounted to EUR 2.0 bn in March, which is about EUR 300 m more than a year earlier. The average interest rate on new corporate loans fell to 2.19%, from 2.30% in February. At end-March the stock of euro-denominated loans to non-financial corporations amounted to EUR 61.9 bn, of which loans to housing corporations totalled EUR 14.4 bn. The annual growth rate of the corporate loan stock accelerated to 7.9%, from 7.4% in February.
At end-March the stock of household deposits totalled EUR 82.1 bn. The average interest rate on the stock was 1.02%. Households concluded new agreements on deposits with an agreed maturity in the amount of EUR 2.3 bn. The average interest rate on these fell to 1.82%, from 1.89% in February.In the first quarter of 2012 households concluded 2,475 new long-term savings contracts. At end-March the total number of long-term savings contracts was 20,885. In January-March households deposited EUR 5.1 m in long-term savings accounts. At end-March long-term savings accounts amounted to EUR 31.9 m..Notes:MFIs comprise all monetary financial institutions operating in Finland. Loans and deposits comprise all euro-denominated loans and deposits vis-à-vis the euro area as a whole, with countries other than Finland accounting for a very small share of total volumes.
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1 Rate of change has been calculated from monthly differences in levels adjusted for classification and other revaluation changes. 2 Households also include non-profit institutions serving households; non-financial corporations also include housing corporations.
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