Archive for December 15th, 2016

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Central Reserve Bank of Peru

December 15, 2016

A statement released after this month’s monetary policy meeting said the decision to leave the key ┬áinterest rate at 4.25% “is consistent with an inflation forecast in which inflation converges to 2 percent towards the end of 2017. … Expectations of inflation in 12 months have increased slightly but continue showing a declining path within […] More

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Bank of Mexico

December 15, 2016

Mexican monetary officials just engineered the fifth 50-basis point interest rate hike of 2016. Along with a 25-basis point hike in December 2015, the rate has risen from 3.0% to 5.75% in the space of twelve months, nearly matching the dramatic tightening done by the Fed in 1994-5. The inflation dynamic faced by Mexican officials […] More

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Swiss National Bank

December 15, 2016

The Swiss National Bank reported result of its quarterly policy review today, which ended without a change in the interest rate of -0.75% on overnight sight deposits or the pledge to intervene as needed to counter what central bank officials to be a still significantly overvalued franc. Since January 2015, intervention has been done on […] More

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Bank of England

December 15, 2016

A statement following the latest meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee reveals that policymakers voted unanimously to retain present policy parameters: a 0.25% Bank Rate, an incremental GBP 60 billion program of gilt purchases bringing such to a new limit of GBP 435 billion, and the planned purchase of GBP 10 billion of corporate debt. […] More

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Bank Indonesia

December 15, 2016

From 6.25% at the start of 2016, the BI seven-day reverse repo rate was cut by 25 basis points each in January, February, March, June, September and October to the current level of 4.75%, which was held steady at this month’s meeting. The next meeting will be in February, as January is always skipped. Today’s […] More

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Bank of Korea

December 15, 2016

Four 25-basis point interest rate cuts from August 2014 to June 2015 were followed more recently by yet another 25-bp reduction in June of this year. South Korea’s 7-day repo rate now stands at 1.25%, a record low. A policy statement released today. South Korea is sustaining only modest growth, and inflation is low with […] More

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Bank of Norway Keeps 0.5% Interest Rate and Signals No Likely Change for Quite a While

December 15, 2016

Three 25-basis point interest rate cuts were administered between June 2015 and March 2016. Policy since then has remained unchanged. Macroeconomic trends might justify further easing but housing market imbalances and external uncertainties argue otherwise. Changes in the outlook for inflation and capacity utilization imply, in isolation, a somewhat lower key policy rate in the […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Broad Financial Market Adjustments Intensify in Wake of FOMC Meeting

December 15, 2016

The dollar gained overnight by another 2.0% against the Australian dollar, 1.5% versus the euro, 1.6% vis-a-vis the kiwi, 1.2% relative to the yen, 0.9% against sterling, and 0.6% versus the yuan. Key levels are being approached such as parity with the euro, 120 yen, and 7 renminbi. Throughout the 8-year Obama stewardship, Republicans fought […] More

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