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Bank of Israel Leaves Central Bank Rate at 0.10% and Signals Reluctance to Start Normalization Anytime Soon

October 8, 2018

Forty four months have elapsed since the last Israeli central bank change, a cut of 15 basis points to 0.10% in February 2015. Inflation is still too low to begin raising the rate. The inflation environment has not changed markedly since the previous interest rate decision, despite slightly lower than expected recent CPI readings: The […] More

Bank of Israel Retains 0.10% Policy Interest Rate

April 16, 2018

The last central bank interest rate change in Israel was a cut of 15 basis points in February 2015 to 0.10%. Previously the rate had been lowered by 75 basis points per year in 2011-14. The latest policy review reaffirmed the need for continuing an accommodative stance. Although inflation early in 2018 was a shade […] More

Bank of Israel

February 27, 2018

Although Israel’s central bank interest rate has been only 0.10% since a 15-basis point reduction in February 2015 and a combined three percentage points of rate cuts over the prior four years, CPI inflation is currently below target and very low. According to a released statement, however, “in the past month inflation expectations increased, the […] More

Bank of Israel Maintains Status Quo

January 10, 2018

Having implemented three 25-basis point reductions per annum from 2011 to 2014 and one more 15-bp cut in February 2015, Israeli monetary officials have kept their central bank interest rate at 0.10% for almost three years. A released statement after their first policy review of 2018 observes that inflation is still under target, partly reflecting […] More

Bank of Israel

October 19, 2017

Israel’s key interest rate was left at 0.1% as expected. A released statement observed continuing sub-target inflation and a recently firmer shekel. Growth is in line with its potential non-inflationary pace and also more balanced than before. Home price inflation is a lessening concern to officials. The central bank interest rate has been at 0.1% […] More

Bank of Israel Leaves Accommodative Policy Stance as Is

August 29, 2017

Two and a half years have now transpired since the Bank of Israel’s policy interest rate was last changed in February 2015 with the implementation of a cut of 15 basis points to 0.10%. That move culminated a 13-step easing of 75 basis points per year during the prior four calendar years. A statement released […] More

Bank of Israel

July 10, 2017

After having cut Israel’s policy interest rate by 75 basis points per year in 2011-14, monetary officials sanctioned one final 10-basis point reduction in February 2015 to the present level of 0.10%. The latest policy review concluded as it has been doing for some time that an accommodative stance needs to be maintained for “as […] 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

Bank of Israel Retains 0.10% Interest Rate

April 6, 2017

In each of¬†four consecutive years, 2011-2014, Israel’s central bank interest rate was sliced three times by 25 basis points, and that cumulative three percentage points of rate reduction was punctuated by one final 15-basis point cut in February 2015 to 0.10%. The rate has stayed at that level ever since including after the April policy […] More

Israel’s Central Bank Interest Rate Left at 0.10%

February 27, 2017

Two full years have now passed since the last Israeli interest rate change, a 15-basis point cut to 0.1% from 0.25% undertaken in late February 2015. A released statement observed positive on-year CPI inflation last month for the first time since August 2014. At 0.1%, such is minuscule, however, and short-term inflation expectations are still […] More