Central Bank of Iceland

Central Bank of Iceland

May 17, 2017

A stronger anchor for inflation expectations at target and the appreciation of the króna have enabled the Monetary Policy Committee to achieve its legally mandated price stability objective with a lower interest rate than would otherwise have been possible. Officials undertook a third cut of the 7-day repo rate during the past year, but at […] More

Central Bank of Iceland

March 15, 2017

The seven-day Icelandic deposit rate was left at 5.0%. Reductions of 50 basis points last August and 25 bps in December reversed two increases that had been engineered in August and November of 2015. A statement released today by the monetary policy committee called the stance “tight,” which it is juxtaposed against a 1.9% on-year […] More

Inflection Point in Icelandic Monetary Policy

February 8, 2017

The Monetary Policy Committee retained a 5.0% seven-day repo rate but released a statement that projects rising demand-side pressures, a possibly tighter labor market, and seemingly redirects the bias of policy from ease toward restraint. Economic growth was around 6% last year compared to the Bank’s assumption made last November of 5%. The last two […] More

Central Bank of Iceland Eases Somewhat Unexpectedly

December 14, 2016

The seven-day deposit rate was cut to 5.0% from 5.25%. Although the rate had be reduced by 50 basis points in August, today’s action was somewhat surprising as growth has been strong. In a released statement, officials note that the strength of the krona influenced this second rate reduction of 2016. Inflation measured 2.1% in […] More

Central Bank of Iceland

November 16, 2016

Officials at Sedlabanki had cut the 7-day repo rate by 50 basis points in August. This was a trend reversal following three increases totaling 125 bps between June and November of 2015. Many analysts were expecting a second rate reduction this month and inflation has been under target for almost three years in Iceland and […] More

Central Bank of Iceland Keeps Main Interest Rate at 5.25%

October 5, 2016

The seven-day term deposit rate had been cut in August by 50 basis points to 5.25%, partly reversing 125 basis points of tightening between June and November of 2015. One development against cutting the rate again is the rise of consumer prices last month, but a statement released after the latest policy meeting attributes the […] More

Central Bank of Iceland

August 24, 2016

Icelandic monetary authorities implemented their first interest rate change, a reduction of 50 basis points, since a hike last November and their first rate cut since December 2014. Moreover, forward guidance on future rate changes switched from a bias toward increases to an ambivalent signal. After the Monetary Policy Committee’s prior meeting in early June, […] More

Central Bank of Iceland

May 11, 2016

Inside of less than a six-month span, the seven-day collateralized Icelandic lending rate was raised three times by 50 basis points each between June 2015 and last November to the current 6.5% level.  Such is four times greater than April’s on-year pace of CPI inflation.  Those tightenings of policy represented a normalization process and pre-emptive […] More

Central Bank of Iceland

March 16, 2016

The Monetary Policy Committee has retained a 6.5% 7-day collateralized lending interest rate.  Prior hikes were made of  50 basis points last June and August as well as 25 bps in November, which was the most recent change.  A statement released today by the committee commits policy to further tightening because of accelerating domestic inflationary […] More

Central Bank of Iceland

February 10, 2016

Iceland’s Monetary Policy Committee previously raised its seven-day collateralized lending rate from 5.25%  to 5.75% in June 2015, to 6.25% in August 2015, and to the current level of 6.5% this past November.  Monetary policy has been tightening in Iceland even as other central banks in Europe like the ECB adopted looser stances.  This contrast […] More