Archive for December 7th, 2011

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Seven-Day Korean Repo Rate Kept at 3.25%

December 7, 2011

Bank of Korean monetary policy was left unchanged as expected.  Five previous rate hikes of 25 basis points apiece were implemented, but none of these came after June.  A new statement on the central bank’s web site projects only a moderate deceleration of inflation, which in November exceeded 4.0%, but also notes that growth has […] More

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Reserve Bank of New Zealand "Prudently" Retains a 2.5% Official Cash Rate

December 7, 2011

For the sixth meeting in a row, monetary officials in New Zealand left the OCR at 2.5%, which matches the Great Recession low.  Seven cuts between July 2008 and April 2009 slashed the Official Cash Rate by 575 basis points.  Two 25-bp hikes in June and July of 2010 to 3.0% were reversed by a […] More

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ECB Likely to Cut Interest Rate for a Second Straight Month

December 7, 2011

The stage seems set for a reduced refinancing rate of 1.0%.  The announcement of this second straight 25-basis point rate cut will be made at 12:45 GMT on Thursday and would return such to the cyclical low that prevailed from May 2009 until April of this year.  A press conference to explain the move will […] More

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Bank of England Preview

December 7, 2011

The Bank of England is currently engaged in a new round of quantitative easing, GBP 75 billion in size launched at the October monthly meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee and not set to be completed until late January.  There is not a pressing need to change policy parameters this month.  They are a 0.5% […] More

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National Bank of Poland

December 7, 2011

At the Narodowy Bank, the Monetary Policy Council decided to leave its reference interest rate unchanged for the fifth straight meeting.  A 25-basis point hike in early June to 4.5% culminated a series of four such hikes in the first half of 2011.  Officials consider that dose of restraint “significant” and are not inclined to […] More

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Bank of Iceland

December 7, 2011

Sedlabanki’s benchmark seven-day collateralized lending rate was left at 4.75%.  Two 25-basis point increases were implemented after policy meetings on May 17 and November 2, while fifteen prior reductions from August 2009 through February 2011 slashed the key interest rate from 18.0% to a low of 4.25%.  A new statement today from Icelandic monetary authorities […] More

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Europe Holds Key to Rest of December

December 7, 2011

Investors are marking time with guarded optimism that the ECB will cut rates tomorrow and that the EU summit will produce substantive policy changes.  The Greek parliament approved an austerity budget for next year.  Currency moves have been muted.  The dollar is unchanged against the yen, loonie, and kiwi.  The greenback rose 0.2% against the […] More

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