Archive for December 20th, 2016

Central Bank Watch

Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

December 20, 2016

Turkish monetary policy settings were held unchanged at this month’s meeting. The one-week repo rate was left at 8.0% following a 50-basis point hike at the prior meeting on November 24. The marginal funding rate, which was raised 25 bps to 8.5% in November, stays at the level, and the key borrowing rate of 7.25% […] More

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Magyar Nemzeti Bank

December 20, 2016

Having cut Hungary’s key central bank interest rate by 45 basis points in March-May of this year to 0.90% and by 610 basis points since August 2012, monetary authorities shifted their focus from easing via progressive cuts in the interest rate to other monetary tools that promote the pass-through of a lower central bank rate […] More

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Bank of Japan

December 20, 2016

The final BOJ Board meeting of 2016 left all policy settings unchanged as expected. A released statement upgraded economic conditions and prospects, proclaiming that “Japan’s economy has continued its moderate recovery trend and is likely to turn to a moderate expansion”¬†and deleting previous qualifying language that warned “sluggishness is expected to remain in exports and […] More

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Japanese Satisfaction Evident with a Weakening Yen

December 20, 2016

The yen fell 0.8% against the dollar after the Bank of Japan left its accommodative monetary stance unchanged despite a sharply lower yen. Governor Kuroda dispelled any thought of a possible rate hike, noting that depreciation lifts import prices, overall inflation, growth and expected inflation. The dollar also advanced 0.5% against the pound, 0.3% versus […] More

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