Central Bank Watch

Reserve Bank of Australia

June 7, 2017

The June Board meeting on the 6th left Australia’s Official Cash Rate at 1.5% as expected. It was last changed in August 2016, a cut from 1.75%, and similar-sized reductions were authorized in October and December 2012, May and August 2013, February and May 2015, and May 2016. The main revelation from the released statement from […] More

Central Bank of Brazil

May 31, 2017

Brazil’s monetary policy committee, known as Copom, just reduced its Selic interest rate by a full percentage point to 10.25%. This was the fourth cut of 2017 and matched the size of the prior reduction in mid-April. Cuts of 75 basis points each were made in January and February. Two cuts of 25 basis points […] More

Israeli Central Bank Interest Rate Kept at 0.1%

May 29, 2017

Bank of Israel policymakers last changed their interest rate in February 2015 when a 15-basis point reduction capped an easing cycle that included 75 basis points of cut in each of the previous four years. Officials released a statement today the observed somewhat higher actual inflation and short-term expected inflation as well as solid growth and […] More

South African Reserve Bank Retains 7.0% Repo Rate

May 25, 2017

SARB’s repo rate had been raised in six steps to 7% from 5% between January 2014 and March 2016. The latest 5-1 voting decision not to change the 7% level has one dissenter, who as at the prior meeting favored cutting the rate to 6.75%. Although latest inflation readings were unexpectedly low, upside risks namely […] More

Bank of Korea

May 25, 2017

South Korea’s central bank base rate was again left at 1.25%. It’s been at that level since a 25-basis point cut in June 2016. Previously a pair of such reductions were each implemented in 2014 and 2015. A released statement after the May monthly policy review projects sub-target total core inflation in the mid- to […] More

Bank of Canada Leaves Overnight Rate at 0.50%

May 24, 2017

There have been only five changes in the Bank of Canada interest rate, all by 25 basis points, since the Great Recession ended for a net change of +25 basis points. The first three moves in June-September of 2010 were increases, and the most recent two were cuts in January and July of 2015. A statement […] More

Central Bank of Hungary

May 24, 2017

The policy interest rate of Magyar Nemzeti Bank has been just 0.90% since a trio of cuts in March, April and May of 2016. A statement of the latest review defends the appropriateness of continuing that level and warns that “if inflation remains persistently below the target, the Council will stand ready to ease monetary […] More

Bank of Thailand Keeps Status Quo

May 24, 2017

Thailand’s latest monetary policy review ended with a unanimous assertion of a continuing need for a growth-supporting accommodative stance. The monetary policy council retained a 1.5% policy rate. It’s been at that level since eight 25-basis point reductions implemented between November 2011 and April 2015. The seventh of those cuts was made in March 2015. […] More

Central Bank of Chile Interest Rate Lowered to 2.50%

May 18, 2017

The central bank Board made its fourth 25-basis point interest rate cut of 2017 today, following similar moves in January, March and April. January’s reduction was the first change since a pair of 25-basis point increase in October and December of 2015 and the first reduction since October 2014. A statement released after the May […] More

Bank of Mexico’s Overnight Interbank Rate Lifted Another 25 Basis Points to 6.75%

May 18, 2017

Mexican monetary authorities raised their key interest rate for the ninth time since December 2015. Like the prior tightening at end-March and the first one of this sequence, today’s was 25 basis points in size. The other six moves were by 50 basis points each. Cumulatively, the interest rate has now been increases 375 basis […] More

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