Bank Indonesia

Theme of the Day: Slowing Global Growth

March 21, 2019

Since the Federal Reserve’s policy decision and press conference yesterday, there’s been a parade of other central bank policy meetings. Although only Norway changed its policy rate — a hike no less — the running theme in the many central bank statements is that the slowdown in global demand late last year is continuing and […] More

Central Bank Rates in Turkey, Indonesia and South Africa Left Unchanged

January 17, 2019

The weaker global inflationary outlook has reduced lessened the risk of imported inflation and capital outflows that might caused by tighter monetary policy in the United States and other industrialized economies. The last central bank interest rate changes in Turkey, Indonesia, and South Africa had been upward, but officials at all of them held policy […] More

Softer Dollar on the First Day After the Fed’s Rate Hike

December 20, 2018

Markets did not take comfort from Wednesday’s FOMC interest rate hike or the upbeat economic prognosis of Chairman Powell. The dollar fell overnight by 0.6% against the euro, 0.5% relative to the yen and  Swiss franc, 0.4% vis-a-vis sterling, 0.3% versus the Australian dollar, and 0.2% against the yuan and loonie. Share prices fared poorly […] More

Bank Indonesia Tightens Stance Further

November 15, 2018

The Indonesian central bank board of governors announced several changes: The 7-day reverse repo rate, deposit facility rate, and lending facility rate were hiked 25 basis points to 6.0%, 5.25%, and 6.75%. The key reverse repo rate has been lifted 7 times since mid-May for a total of 2 percentage points. Reserve requirements were also […] More

Intensifying Global Move Out of Riskier Assets

October 23, 2018

Investors are getting squeamish for political and economic reasons.  Turkish President Erdogan again asserted that the Saudi killing of Khashoggi was premeditated. U.S. opinion polls suggest that with just 2 weeks left before the mid-term election, the pendulum is swinging back toward the Republicans, suggesting Trump may continue to control all branches of government. The […] More

Bank Indonesia Tightens Again

September 27, 2018

Amid continuing domestic demand-led growth, a greater-than-desired current account deficit, and and external environment that puts many emerging market currencies and the financial markets at some risks, Bank Indonesia’s Board of Governors sanctioned a fifth hike of the seven-day reverse repo rate from its past six meetings. The rate, which now becomes 5.75%, has now […] More

Indonesia’s Fourth Central Bank Interest Rate Hike Since Mid-May

August 15, 2018

In the face of a wider current account deficit in Indonesia, intensifying global trade tensions, and Turkey’s crisis, which makes many emerging economies more vulnerable, Bank Indonesia’s key 7-day reverse repo rate was lifted by another 25 basis points to 5.50%. The deposit facility and lending facility rates also went up 25 basis points to […] More

Indonesia’s 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate Left Unchanged at 5.25%

July 19, 2018

The Board of Governors at Bank Indonesia took a pause after having hike its interest rate three times in the space of six weeks. This had lifted the key 7-day reverse repo rate to 5.25% as of June 29th from 4.25% prior to an initial hike of 25 bps on May 17. There was also […] More

Third Indonesian Central Bank Interest Rate Hike Since May 17th

June 29, 2018

Bank Indonesia’s Board of Governors today raised the 7-day reverse repo rate by a greater-than-expected 50 basis points to 5.25%. The move followed quarter percentage points hikes on May 17 and  May 31 and was accompanied by 50-bp increases in Indonesia’s overnight deposit rate to 4.5% and lending rate to 6.0%. A statement released after […] More

Second Indonesian Central Bank Rate Hike Within Two Weeks

May 30, 2018

In follow-up to the 25-basis point tightening done on May 17th, Bank Indonesia’s Board lifted the 7-day reverse repo rate by 25 basis points to 4.75% after an unscheduled meeting. The deposit facility and lending facility rates were also raised by 25 basis points to 4.0% and 5.5%. Although the economy is performing soundly, a […] More

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