Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

Interest Rate Cut in Turkey

January 16, 2020

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey’s one-week repo rate was cut by 75 basis points to 11.25%. Analysts had been projecting a likely 50-bp cut. Today’s moves follow consecutive cuts of 425 basis points last July, 325 bps at September’s meeting, 250 bps in October and 200 bps last month. Even though the […] More

Financial Markets Comparatively Steady after Signing of Phase I U.S.-China Trade Deal

January 16, 2020

The dollar rose 0.1% overnight against the yen but slipped by 0.3% versus sterling and the Australian dollar, 0.2% relative to the Chinese Renminbi and Swiss franc, and 0.1% versus the euro and loonie. Share prices in the Pacific Rim advanced 0.7% in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, 0.8% in South Korea, 0.1% in Japan, […] More

Turkish Monetary Policy Eased Further

December 12, 2019

The Central Bank of the Republic¬† of Turkey reduced its key interest rate to 12% from 14% today, citing weak domestic investment demand, a weakening global economic outlook, significant improvement in the current account, a stable lira that has enabled Turkish inflation to recede, a widespread drop in expected inflation, and low global price pressures. […] More

Rate Cut in Turkey

September 12, 2019

Policymakers at the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey slashed the one-week repo rate by a greater-than-expected 325 basis points in follow-up to a 425-basis point cut in July from a peak of 24.0% that had prevailed since a 625-basis point increase in September of 2018. The rate now becomes 16.5%, which the monetary […] More

Markets React to ECB Stimulus, U.S. CPI Data, and Continuing Hopes on Trade Talks

September 12, 2019

Policymakers at the European Central Bank as expected cut the deposit rate by 10 basis points to minus 0.50%, announced an open-ended asset purchase program to start in November at EUR 20 billion per month, said targeted LTRO operations will carry the average deposit rate, and introduced a a 2-tiered system of reserve remuneration in […] More

Turkey Gets a Big Central Bank Interest Rate Reduction

July 25, 2019

Turkey’s Monetary Policy Committee slashed its one-week repo rate by 425 basis points to 19.75%. That’s a bigger cut than analysts were anticipating but does not completely reverse the final tightening move last September, which was an increase to 24.0% from 17.75%. A statement released by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey observes […] More

ECB and Turkish Monetary Officials Send Dovish Signals

July 25, 2019

The European Central Bank Governing Council left policy settings unchanged but signaled likelihood of a multi-pronged stimulus after September’s fuller review. A zero percent refi rate has been flanked by a negative 0.40% deposit rate and a 0.25% marginal lending facility rate since cuts made in September 2016. The ECB leadership is in transition; IMF […] More

Several Reassuring Developments

March 25, 2019

Last Friday had been a brutally difficult day in financial markets after the U.S. 3-month T-bill rate moved above the 10-year Treasury note yield for the first time since the Great Recession. Monday has seen reassuring news on several fronts but not before share prices in the Pacific Rim tumbled 3.0% in Japan, 2.3% in […] More

U.S. Trade Deficit Catapults Higher Despite Tariff Policy

March 6, 2019

The U.S. goods and services trade deficit soared to a 122-month high in December of $59.8 billion. That was 18.8% greater than November’s deficit and embodied an $81.5 billion deficit from traded goods. The 2018 goods and services trade deficit equaled $621.0 billion, compared to $552.3 billion in 2017 and $502.0 billion in the last […] 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

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