Serbian Dinar

Serbian dinar savings hit new record highs

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Serbian dinar savings have been growing at a faster pace than those in FX for the ninth year in a row, and this year they shot past RSD 100 bn for the first time ever, the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) announced ahead of October 31 – World Savings Day.

At the end of last month, dinar savings stood at RSD 101.5 bn, having risen in the past nine years (from end-2012) by almost six times or by as much as RSD 83 bn. More than a half of the total rise was recorded in the past three years (around RSD 45 bn relative to end-September 2018). Since 2013, savings on average gained over RSD 9 bn per year, which is six times more than in the period before 2012 (RSD 1.5 bn). In the last year alone (from October 2020), saving in the local currency went up by around 14%, the latest analysis by the NBS showed.

FX savings also recorded growth in the same period, though somewhat more moderate compared to dinar savings. Namely, FX savings increased from EUR 8.3 bn at end-2012 to EUR 12.3 bn at end-September 2021.

The value of the dinar against the euro has been preserved, FX reserves are at the record high of EUR 16.8 bn (end-September) and the share of NPLs has been cut to 3.5% (end-August).

Serbian Dinar Savings
(Source: National Bank of Serbia)

Saving in dinars more profitable than in FX

Ahead of the World Savings Day, the NBS prepared the analysis of the profitability of savings for the period September 2012 – September 2021, which has confirmed once again that it pays off more to save in dinars.

Higher profitability of dinar savings is underpinned by years of macroeconomic, financial and fiscal stability, relatively higher interest rates on dinar than on euro savings, more favourable tax treatment of dinar savings, and the well-timed monetary and fiscal measures implemented to mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic-induced crisis.

In the past nine years, one-year dinar savings (without rollover) were more profitable in as much as 98% of the observed one-year subperiods. Thus, a person who deposited RSD 100,000 in September 2020 would receive around RSD 1,500 (or EUR 12) more compared to a person depositing the euro equivalent

The results of the analysis show that in case of three-month deposits, dinar savings are more profitable than euro savings in more than 87% of the observed three-month sub-periods, while in case of deposits termed for two years, dinar savings are more profitable in all of the observed two-year sub-periods.

In other words, in the past nine years it was more profitable to save in dinars than in FX both in the short and long run.

(1 euro = 117.5 dinars)