Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Investors Eyeing Three Threats

October 22, 2020

The uncertain U.S. election outcome now just twelve days away continues to have markets on tenterhooks. The final Trump-Biden debate is tonight at 21:00 EDT. U.S. Justice Department officials have found evidence of attempted cyber interference in the result by Iran and Russia. Worsening Covid-19 trends are a second source of investor anxiety. More than […] More

Sharp Equity Declines but Mixed Dollar

August 20, 2020

The U.S. equity market correction triggered by downbeat FOMC minutes┬áreleased yesterday afternoon set the tone for overnight losses in European and Asian markets where bourses tumbled 3.7% in South Korea and 3.3% in Taiwan and by at least 1.0% in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., and Spain. Indonesia’s market did […] More

Sri Lanka’s Fifth Central Bank Rate Cut of 2020

July 9, 2020

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka became the latest monetary authority to slash interest rates. The Standing Deposit Facility and Standing Lending Facility rates were each reduced by 100 basis points to 4.5% and 5.5%, respectively. Earlier this year, cuts of 25 bps in March and April were sandwiched between 50-basis point cuts in January […] More

Covid Risk and Political Uncertainty on the Market’s Mind

July 9, 2020

The global count of Covid-19 cases rose 216 thousand in the past 24 hours to roughly 12.2 million. In that span, there was a record 62 thousand rise in U.S. reported cases, even as President Trump threatened repercussions to school districts that do not reopen in the fall. The Covid death count stands just above […] More

Markets Looking Beyond Today’s Jobs Report

May 8, 2020

America’s imposed business shutdown will be reflected in today’s April jobs report, which analysts expect to show a 22 million dive in jobs and an unemployment rate that tops 15%. This will be the weakest labor market data since the Second World War, and ironically today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of fighting […] More

25-Basis Point Cut in Sri Lankan Central Bank Policy Rates

April 3, 2020

The Monetary Board at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka held an emergency session today in which members agreed to cut the Standing Deposit Facility rate to 6.0% from 6.25% and the Standing Lending Facility rate also by 25 basis points to 7.0%. Just 18 days earlier also at an unscheduled meeting, these rates were […] More

Risk Back Off after California Declares State of Emergency

March 5, 2020

Yesterday’s U.S. stock market rally extended into Pacific Rim trading hours overnight, with markets advancing 2.1% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in China and New Zealand, 1.3% in South Korea, and 1.1% in Japan, Australia, and Taiwan. But the covid-19 virus continues to extend its tentacles, and investor fear abruptly overtook hope in Europe where equity […] More

Central Bank Rate Cuts in Ukraine and Sri Lanka

January 30, 2020

The National Bank of Ukraine statement stresses a strengthening currency and inflation that has dropped sharply and is now expected to hover below the 4-6% target band until late this year. The rate was cut 150 basis points to 11.0% today and previously had been reduced by 50 bps each in April, July and September […] More

Coronavirus Outbreak Tops Busy List of Developments for Markets to Process

January 30, 2020

Several central banks held their first policy reviews of 2020. Those in Chile and Great Britain left their interest rate structures unchanged at 1.75% and 0.75%, respectively. The National Bank of Ukraine implemented its sixth rate cut in nine months, a 150-basis point reduction to 11.0%. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka engineered its third […] More

Share Prices Firm but Dollar Softer

December 27, 2019

The dollar recorded overnight declines of 0.6% against sterling, 0.5% versus the Australian dollar and Swiss franc, 0.4% relative to the euro and kiwi, 0.3% against the loonie and 0.1% versus the yen and peso. Most stock markets firmed. In Japan and China whose markets remained open all week, by contrast, share prices fell 0.4% […] More

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