National Bank of Ukraine

Third Cut of National Bank of Ukraine Easing Cycle, and Many More to Come

September 5, 2019

Ukraine’s central bank policy rate has been cut by 50 basis points to 16.5%. This follows similar-sized easings earlier this year in April and July. Since officials consider 8% to be the rate level that represents a neutral monetary stance and since officials believe that CPI inflation, which is now at 9.1%, will continue falling¬† […] More

Second Rate Reduction in Ukraine

July 18, 2019

The National Bank of Ukraine implemented the second move of an easing cycle, cutting its discount rate to 17.0% from 17.5%. A half percentage point cut had been also done in April. A released statement asserts that inflation of 9% is on track to keep falling toward the 5% target and should reach that goal […] More

A Quartet of Central Bank Rate Cuts and Netflix Stock Takes a Large Hit

July 18, 2019

Central bank rates were cut today in South Korea, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ukraine. The likelihood that the Fed will ease at the end of this month played a role in each of these actions. All of the reductions were 25-basis point moves. The share price of Netflix has tumbled 10.75% in response to an […] More

Dollar Broadly Higher as Investors Seek Clarity on Brexit Mess and U.S.-Sino Trade Talks

March 14, 2019

British MPs last night defeated a motion for allowing the U.K. to leave the EU without any Brexit deal by a vote of 321-278. Today’s vote will be a motion to extend the Article 50 deadline beyond March 29th. Prime Minister May aims to hold another vote within the week on her Brexit deal. A […] More

Short-Lived Fed Stockmarket Rally

January 31, 2019

The FOMC’s tightening pause gave a big boost to U.S. stocks yesterday and was augmented by some better-than-expected corporate earnings.¬† But the DOW fell in the first hour of U.S. trading, and share prices have also weakened today in Germany France, and Australia. This contrasts with gains close to 1% in China, Hong Kong and […] More

Many Central Bank Meetings and a Stunning Deceleration of U.S. Import Price Inflation

December 13, 2018

The dollar shows no net overnight change against the Swiss franc, Chinese yuan, New Zealand dollar, or Canadian dollar. The greenback rose 0.8% versus the Mexican peso, 0.4% relative to the yen, and 0.1% versus the euro while dipping 0.1% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar and sterling. Asian equities rallied, but share prices in Europe and […] More

Focus Turns to Central Banks

October 25, 2018

The dollar this Thursday is narrowly mixed with upticks of 0.2% against the yen and Swiss franc and of 0.1% versus the loonie but downticks of 0.3% vis-a-vis the Aussie dollar and peso, 0.1% relative to sterling, the euro, and kiwi. The yuan is steady. Japan’s Nikkei plunged 822 points or 3.7%. Share prices also […] More

National Bank of Ukraine

May 24, 2018

Ukraine’s policy interest rate was lifted four times within a half year: 100 basis points last October, December and March and by 15o bps in January. In a statement after keep the rate steady at 17.0%, the central bank board underlines that its belief that policy is now sufficiently tight to achieve the medium-term target […] More

National Bank of Ukraine Decides Policy Now Sufficiently Tight

April 12, 2018

From last October to the start of March, Ukraine’s policy interest rate was increased 450 basis points to 17.0% in just four incremental moves. That tightening abruptly reversed a prolonged easing stance, the last element of which was a 50-bp cut last May. The reason for this reversal was a rise of inflation to well […] More

National Bank of Ukraine

March 1, 2018

A fourth sharp central bank interest rate hike since late October was been engineered in Ukraine. It’s size like the one last October 26th and a second move in mid-December was by 100 basis points. The third hike of this cycle was by 150 basis points and came on January 25th. Ukraine’s policy interest rate […] More

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