If you are planning to take a loan from a bank in Ghana, it is prudent that you know the interest rate beforehand. This will well inform you and help you to plan on how to repay the loan and even how much you would want to take.
It is important to carefully consider interest rates when taking a loan.
NB: this post is not a financial advice. Contact a professional if you need investment or financial advice. Read with caution.
What is the interest rate on a loan?
In simple terms, the interest rate on a loan is the percentage of the principal amount that a lender (the bank) charges a borrower (you) for borrowing money. It is mostly calculated for a period of one year.
The interest rate on loans in Ghana differs from bank to bank. That is to say, there is no fixed interest rate for all loans in Ghana whether it’s from a bank, or microfinance institution.
NB: Bank of Ghana may have a threshold that all creditors are supposed to abide by.
What are the factors that influence interest rates on loans?
- Repayment period
- Loan amount
Things to note
- Loans with higher risk generally have a higher interest rate
- Loans with longer repayment periods have a higher interest rate
- Loans with shorter duration for repayment have a lower interest rate.
The average interest rate on loans in Ghana
According to information sighted on the Bank of Ghana’s website, the average interbank daily interest rate as of 21st February 2023 is 25.87%.
Below is a list of banks operating in Ghana and their lending interest rate (%).
Interest Rate on Loans in Ghana
|ABSA BANK GHANA LIMITED||-3% – 20%|
|ACCESS BANK PLC||36-37%|
|AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT BANK||4% – 8.5%|
|BANK OF AFRICA GHANA LIMITED||33.25%|
|CONSOLIDATED BANK GHANA LIMITED||24%|
|ECOBANK GHANA LIMITED||16.74% – 29.49%|
|FBN BANK GHANA LIMITED|
|FIDELITY BANK GHANA LIMITED||10%|
|FIRST ATLANTIC BANK GHANA LIMITED||15%|
|GCB BANK LIMITED||24% – 26%|
|GUARANTY TRUST BANK GHANA LIMITED||24%S|
|NATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK GHANA LIMITED||Negotiable|
|PRUDENTIAL BANK LIMITED||–|
|REPUBLIC BANK LIMITED||27%|
|SOCIETE GENERAL BANK PLC||28% – 30%|
|STANBIC BANK GHANA LIMITED||19.1%|
|STANDARD CHARTERED BANK GHANA LIMITED||20.82%|
|UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA GHANA LIMITED||4.5%|
|UNIVERSAL MERCHANT BANK GHANA LIMITED||N/A|
|ZENITH BANK GHANA LIMITED||18.5%|
The information here was extracted from various credible sources such as the Bank of Ghana website and the websites of the respective banks. If you need further clarification or information, call their respective customer care.