Countries with the Highest Interest Rates in the World
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Countries with the Highest Interest Rates in the World

Interest rates are the most potential drivers of any economy that define the pace for investment in the country and affects economy in number of ways that significantly change the basic indicator of growth and development. Countries with highest interest rate may see sharp decline in consumer spending since cost to buy on credit goes high. It is the most important tool to control inflation since reduced consumer spending decrease demands of goods and services however it is taken as the best technique to attract foreign direct investment.
Overall trends show that most of European countries are trying to maintain flat or negative interest rates that left little to no choice for investors to get higher yield but if you are searching for higher interest rate, then you can find emerging and frontier markets outside Europe.

Bases on report of TradingEconomics, Here we have The Six Countries with the World’s Highest Interest Rates Worldwide. These countries have bank policy rates of above 20%!

Ukraine (30%)
Belarus (25%)
Malawi (25%)
Gambia (22%)
Ghana (21%)
Argentina (20. 52%)

Top two countries with highest interest rate are from Eastern Europe but most Europe is maintaining flat or negative rate. Gambia stands at third place but their high yield is all eaten away by high prices.

Central Asia, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa are the top three regions for highest interest rates.

South America countries with highest interest rate are Argentina and Venezuela, who have rates of 20.52% and 19.17% respectively. Malawi, Gambia, and Ghana are African countries which offer highest return to investors.

High yield is of no importance if it is eaten away by higher inflation so we need to consider it too while determining the real return of interest. Here are ten countries with highest interest rates after inflation.

Country Region Interest Rate (%) Inflation (%) Difference (%)
Gambia Sub-Saharan Africa 22.00 7.02 14.98
Uganda Sub-Saharan Africa 12.00 1.90 10.10
Suriname South America 11.98 2.30 9.68
Afghanistan Central Asia 15.00 6.10 8.90
Belarus Europe 25.00 16.71 8.29
Lebanon Middle East / North Africa 10.00 2.00 8.00
Djibouti Sub-Saharan Africa 10.61 2.90 7.71
Cape Verde Sub-Saharan Africa 7.50 (0.20) 7.70
Tanzania Sub-Saharan Africa 12.00 4.30 7.70
Moldova Europe 13.50 6.50 7.00

Five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have highest interest rate with inflation decreasing rapidly these days. Interestingly, not a single country from Asia-Pacific got place in top ten.
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