Positive impact on capital market:
‘Bank interest rates to decline’
There is a possibility that Sri Lanka’s bank interest rates would
come down to stable levels in the future, which would intern attract the
capital market, due to the good valuation of certain good stocks in the
Colombo Stock Market (CSE), Chief Executive Officer, Capital Alliance
Securities, Harinlal Athurupahana said.
“At present foreign investors were very active in the Colombo Stock
Exchange (CSE) than local investors. The reason being local investors
were inactive in the stock market due to high banking interest rates,
which gives a better yield than invest in stocks, being the prime
reason,” Athurupahana told Daily News Business.
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka lowered its policy rate. This resulted
in the Colombo Stock Exchange showing significant gains due to the high
Last December 12, the policy rates were lowered and this resulted in
the All Share Price Index (ASPI) increasing by 98.9 points (1.8%) from
5,417.7 points to 5,516.6 points.
Concerning interest rates, most people pay attention to invest in
banks due to the high interest which could make an impact on the stock
It is said that by increasing interest rates, the Central Bank
attempts to lower the supply of money by making it more expensive to
‘When the Central Bank increases interest rates, it does not have an
immediate impact on the stock market. Instead, the increased interest
rates have a single direct effect,” Athurupahana said.
The fact is that it was more expensive for banks to borrow money from
the Central Bank. Increase in interest rates also cause a ripple effect,
which influences both individuals and businesses negatively.
The general effect is a lessening of the amount of money in
circulation, which works to keep inflation low.
When interest rates becomes high, borrowing money was more expensive,
which affects the consumers and businesses expenditure.
This increases expenses of companies, lowering earnings somewhat for
those with debts to pay. Finally, it tends to make the stock market a
slightly less attractive place for investments, the Central Bank said.
“One could never say with confidence, that an interest rate hike by
the Central Bank would have an overall negative effect on stock prices,”
Lanka Securities (Pvt) Limited, Head of Sales and Marketing, Eardley
Kern said that the interest factor had a direct impact on our capital
If the interest could come down, the share market would have an
“If interest rates are low, the companies could borrow or raise loans
at a lower interest, which would cut down the cost of production, while
the people will go for other alternative investments, which would give a
higher yield,” he said.
At present, the Central Bank making every effort to reduce the bank
interest rates to control the fiscal policy stability, he said.