Central Bank Watch

Hungary’s Accommodative Monetary Policy Settings Left Unchanged

May 22, 2018

The monetary council at Magyar Nemzeti Bank left its base rate at 0.90%, the level since a cut in May 2016 and its overnight deposit rate at negative 0.15%, its level since a reduction last September. Quantitative monetary policies were also not changed. In a released statement, officials observed that inflation is still below the […] More

Bank of Mexico

May 17, 2018

The Governing Board of the Bank of Mexico agreed unanimously not to raise the 7.5% overnight interbank rate further at this time. Higher inflation driven by peso depreciation driven by hostile U.S. policies toward Mexico has compelled the central bank authorities to adopt a prudent monetary policy. Starting with a 25-basis point rate hike in […] More

Bank Indonesia Tightens Monetary Policy For First Time Since Late 2014

May 17, 2018

Like their Brazilian colleagues late yesterday, monetary policymakers in Indonesia were compelled by recent foreign exchange market developments, namely the strength of the dollar and depreciation of emerging market currencies like the real and rupiah, to shift policy gears. In Brazil’s case, a long string of interest rate cuts was ended, and in the Indonesian […] More

Central Bank of Brazil Breaks Streak of Interest Rate Cuts

May 17, 2018

Brazil’s key Selic interest rate had been reduced by a total of 725 basis points since October 2016, and Copom, the policy-making committee of the central bank, had not anticipated halting the easing cycle this soon when it previously deliberated in March. But by a unanimous 9-0 vote, officials agreed to leave the Selic rate […] More

National Bank of Poland

May 16, 2018

A 1.5% central bank reference interest rate will continue to be flanked by a 0.5% deposit rate and a 2.5% lombard rate. In a released statement,¬†officials note “persistently low domestic inflationary pressure across many countries” and predict that Polish inflation will likely stay near its target pace through the monetary policy transmission horizon. On-year GDP […] More

Central Bank of Iceland

May 16, 2018

Iceland’s Monetary Policy Committee agreed to leave its 7-day term deposit rate at 4.25%. It’s been at that level since a 25-basis point cut last October versus 5.0% at the end of 2016 and 5.75% at the end of 2015. According to a released statement, the monetary stance is tight and appropriately so in order […] More

Bank of Thailand’s Policy Rate Left Unchanged at 1.50%

May 16, 2018

A released statement¬†by the Monetary Policy Committee defends the appropriateness of an accommodative policy stance. Although the economy continues to gain traction, external risks persist. A positive output gap is diminishing, but it will be some time before sub-target inflation rises to its desired level. Core inflation is rising only slowly. Officials promise to monitor […] More

Central Bank of Sri Lanka

May 11, 2018

The Standing Lending Facility Rate had been reduced 25 basis points in April to 8.5%, but today’s policy review held that rate as well as the 7.25% Standing Deposit Rate steady this time, declaring the current stance “suitable” in a released statement . The goal is for inflation to stabilize in the mid-single digits, that […] More

Central Reserve Bank of Peru

May 10, 2018

Peru’s policy interest rate, which underwent six 25-basis point cuts from May 2017 to March 2018, was kept steady after this month’s monetary policy review. While inflation rose in April, it reached only 0.5%, half of the target floor. According to a released statement, “the Board considers that it is appropriate to maintain an expansionary […] More

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

May 10, 2018

Among today’s many central bank reviews of monetary policy, the one in The Philippines proved to be the meeting that resulted in an actual change in policy rates, as the overnight reverse repo, the overnight lending, and the overnight deposit rates were raised by 25 basis to 3.25%, 3.75%, and 2.75%. A new forecast unveiled […] More