Central Bank Watch

Bank Indonesia

September 22, 2017

A follow-up cut in the seven-day reverse repo rate to 4.25% was announced today. An earlier cut a month ago of 25 basis points had been the first reduction since the sixth such move in 2016 was made in October. While easing today, Indonesian monetary officials claimed that their rate had now fallen to their […] More

South African Reserve Bank Repo Rate Held at 6.75%

September 21, 2017

A 25-basis point cut in the SARB policy interest rate to 6.75% in July was a response to a then-perceived improved inflation outlook and it was the first reduction in many years. The rate had been hiked six times from January 2014 to March 2016 and by 200 basis points in all to 7.0%. At […] More

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

September 21, 2017

Three years have now elapsed since the last change in the Filipino overnight reverse repo rate, which was the second of two 25-basis point hikes in July and September 2014. The latest policy review kept the key central bank rate in The Philippines at 3.0%. Projected inflation remains 3.2% for 2017, 2018 and 2019. This […] More

Bank of Japan

September 21, 2017

Following four hours and 52 minutes of deliberation over two days, the Bank of Japan’s nine-person Board agreed to leave policy as is, with a -0.1% marginal short-term interest rate, a target of “around zero percent” in the 10-year JGB sovereign debt yield, and continuing quantitative stimulus for “as long as it is necessary for […] More

Central Bank of Norway

September 21, 2017

A released statement from Norges Bank’s Executive Board after the latest policy review defends keeping Norway’s key monetary policy rate at 0.50% in the period ahead, suggests that the initial increase may need to occur somewhat sooner than projected back in June, but also maintains that persistent uncertainties will require a careful and gradual eventual […] More

Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

September 21, 2017

Taiwan’s central bank discount rate has been left at 1.375%, its level since a 12.5-basis point cut in June 2016. A statement released after this week’s quarterly policy review observes sub-potential economic growth and low and well-anchored actual and expected inflation. As before, a role for currency market intervention on occasion is defended: “In principle, […] More

FOMC Leaves FF Target at 1-1.25%

September 20, 2017

The FOMC statement kept the existing interest rate target with no dissenting votes. Officials do not expect the hurricane storm damages to “alter the course of the national economy over the medium term. The statement includes a two-page addendum of modifications to a balance sheet normalization program that will begin to be implemented next month. […] More

FOMC Preview

September 20, 2017

Eight weeks have elapsed since the last FOMC meeting at which time committee members signaled that a program of balance sheet normalization would commence “relatively soon.” The assessment of employment growth was upgraded then, but the discussion of economic conditions otherwise was little changed from the previous June 14th meeting. Since the July 26 meeting, […] More

Magyar Nemzeti Bank

September 19, 2017

Hungary’s central bank Base Rate was retained at 0.90%, but the overnight deposit rate was lowered to negative 0.15% from -0.05%. A released statement declared, The inflation target is expected to be achieved in a sustainable manner one additional quarter later, i.e. by the middle of 2019, following a delay of half a year indicated […] More

Bank of Russia Eases

September 15, 2017

The fourth central bank interest rate cut of 2017 was made today, but the new policy rate level, 8.5%, still constitutes a “moderately tight stance” according to a released statement. Inflation now is close to the 4% target and well below the policy interest rate level. Furthermore, expected inflation has declined. However, officials do not […] More