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What is Basis Point

Basis Point is a unit for describe the percentage change, mostly use in financial and investment term, especially to describe how many percent of interest rate or policy rate has changed. 1 Basis Point is equal to 0.01% (of changed percent).

In economic or investment news you might see “basis point” in headline like “The Federal Reserve cut the policy rate by 25 basis point”, this mean the Federal Reserve reduce their policy rate by 0.25% (maybe from 1.75%-2% to 1.5%-1.75%).

Many times, you’ll see these number of basis points (maybe written as bps), let’s see how many percent they are:

  • 1 basis point equal to 0.01%
  • 25 basis points equal to 0.25%
  • 50 basis points equal to 0.5%
  • 100 bps equal to 1%

For your information, the basis points commonly written as bps, such as 25 bps or 50 bps, and also written as “bp” and “bips” too.

How to Convert Basis Point to Percentage

1 Basis Point is equal to 0.01%. Which mean, to convert Basis Point to percent you can calculate by this equation “Basis Points ÷ 100”

For example, I need to convert 25 bps to percent, I can calculate by 25 ÷ 100 = 0.25%.

Example of mostly uses of Basis Point to Percentage.

Basis Points to Percentage Change What is Basis Point in Finance Investment BPS Definition
Example of frequency use Basis Point (BPS) compared to Percentage

Percentage to Basis Points

As you known, 1 BPS is equivalent to 0.01%, which mean every 1% is equal to 100 basis points.

To convert percentage to basis point, you can calculate by this equation “Percent x 100 = Basis Points”

For example, I need to convert 0.5% to basis points, it’s will be 0.5 x 100 = 50 basis points.

Why using Basis Point or BPS

At this point, you might wonder why do we really need to use Basis Point or BPS to describe the percentage change, why don’t we just tell how many percent change directly?

It’s because when someone tell you that the interest rate increased from 6% by 2% (Actually, it’s increased from 6% to 8%), this can cause confuse, because increased by 1% have another meaning.

Since 2% of 6 is 0.12, if someone said interest rate increase by 2% from 6%, this also mean its increase from 6% to 6.12%.

Using basis points can solve this problem because bps or basis point is telling the percentage change directly.

From the same situation, you can says the interest rate increased by 200 basis points from 6%.


Key Points

What is Basis Points or BPS?

Basis Point is a unit for describe the percentage change, 1 Basis Point is equal to 0.01% (of changed percent).

How to Calculate Basis Point to Percentage?

To convert Basis Point to percentage you can calculate by divided the basis point by 100. “Basis Points ÷ 100 = Percentage”

How to Convert Percentage to Basis Point?

To calculate basis point from percentage you can multiply the percentage number with 100. “Percent x 100 = Basis Points”

Image Credit: BPS to percentage table from GreedisGoods.com