Latvia Central Bank Holds Rate 3.50%, Cuts Reserve RatioCallum Thomasupdated Jan 20, 2012TweetAt GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity on our content & provide transparent & unbiased information. Companies don't pay us to include their products although we receive a compensation when you successfully apply to products from our partners. See how we make money here.At GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity.Latvijas Banka kept its main monetary policy interest rate, the refinancing rate, steady at 3.50%, and held its other interest rates unchanged, but reduced the reserve ratio for bank liabilities above two years to 2% from 3%, and for other liabilities to 4% from 5%. The Bank said: "By reducing the reserve ratio, additional financial resources are released for lending and more beneficial conditions for the availability of lending resources necessary for economic growth are created. A simultaneous reduction of the reserve requirement for liabilities of different maturities will promote a balanced impact on the availability of financing in the banking sector and will continue to maintain banks' motivation in attracting long-term financing."Previously the Bank also kept monetary policy settings unchanged, leaving the refinancing rate at 3.50% at its November meeting. The Bank of Latvia last reduced the refinancing rate by 50bps to 3.50% in March 2010. Latvia reported annual inflation of 4% in December, down from 4.4% in October, 4.6% in September, and 4.7% in August. The Latvian economy expanded 5.6% on an annual basis in Q2, while GDP growth was reported as 3.5% in the previous quarter. The Latvian currency, the lat (LVL), last traded around 0.54 against the US dollar.Editorial Disclosure: Any personal views and opinions expressed by the author in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of GET.com. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any of the companies mentioned, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of the companies mentioned, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.