National Bank of Romania

National Bank of Romania’s Main Interest Rate Kept at 1.75%

August 4, 2016

Romania’s last four interest rate cuts totaling one percentage point were implemented during the first five months of 2015. Economic growth is performing well, exceeding 4.0% at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2016. However, inflation is still negative and expected to remain so until the end of this year “before returning inside the […] More

National Bank of Romania Keeps 1.75% Interest Rate but Flags Risks

June 30, 2016

Romania’s policy interest rate has been 1.75% since a 25-basis point cut in May 2015 that culminated 350 basis points of reduction over the prior two years.  A statement released after the central bank Board’s latest policy review highlighted new downside risks to be monitored.  “Banca Naţională a României the external environment is marked by […] More

National Bank of Romania

May 5, 2016

Romania’s reserve requirement and monetary policy interest rate of 1.75% were not changed at the May meeting of the central bank board.  A released statement projected continuing negative CPI inflation (-3.0% in May) until July 2016 and rising thereafter in positive territory up to the upper half of the targeted corridor and reaching the peak […] More

National Bank of Romania

March 31, 2016

Romania’s monetary policy rate was cut 125 basis points in the second half of 2013, another 125 basis points during 2014, and a full percentage point in four moves during the first five months of 2015.  Those actions reduced the rate from 5.25% to its present level of 1.75%.  Today’s statement kept 1.75%, but a […] More

National Bank of Romania

January 7, 2016

Romania’s central bank Board left the monetary policy interest rate at 1.75%, a record low and the level since a cut last May.  The reserve requirement was lowered by two percentage points to 12.0%, and a released statement  Observed that inflation remains negative versus a 1.5-3.5% target. Projected that “the annual inflation rate will return […] More

National Bank of Romania

November 5, 2015

Romania’s record low 1.75% monetary policy rate was not changed at the last scheduled meeting of 2015.  The rate had been at 3.25% when the Board met in September 2014 and authorized a cut of 25 basis points.  Five more such reductions followed over the ensuing eight months to the present level.  The Board released […] More

National Bank of Romania

September 30, 2015

Romania’s monetary policy rate will remain at 1.75%.  Four 25-basis point cuts were undertaken this year by May 6 on top of 125 basis points of reduction last year.  CPI inflation was just 0.3% last month, well below target.  A released statement speaks of balancing the prospect of more disinflation in the near term with […] More

National Bank of Romania

August 4, 2015

Romania’s central bank benchmark interest rate of 1.75% was not cut despite a drop in inflation caused by recent fiscal changes including reduced value added tax.  Today’s statement explains, “the strengthening over the short term of the transitory disinflationary impact exerted by the aforementioned fiscal measures masks the build-up of medium-term inflationary pressures, given the […] More

National Bank of Romania

July 1, 2015

Romania’s policy interest rate, which had been cut four times in the first half of 2015 by 25 basis points each to a record low now of 1.75%, was not changed after the latest Board meeting.  While a released statement said officials expect inflation to run below the 1.5-3.5% target, other considerations argued for caution:  […] More

An Unexpected Interest Rate Cut in Romania

May 6, 2015

The National Bank of Romania’s monetary policy rate had been cut five times by 25 basis points each time in 2014, as well as by that amount in January, February and March of this year.  Analysts were not generally expecting today’s further accommodation that saw the main interest rate fall to 1.75% from 2.0%.  A […] More