A Fifth Peruvian Central Bank Rate Hike

September 10, 2010

The Central Reserve Bank of Peru’s policy interest rate was lifted by 50 basis points to 3.0% as expected.  Five straight monthly increases total 175 bps, reversing a third of the cumulative reductions during February-August 2009.  Peru experienced sizzling economic growth of 8% in the first half of 2010.  While CPI inflation of 2.3% lies within the 1-3% target range, it’s trending higher and expected to be near the target ceiling on average for 2010.   There will be more rate hikes ahead as officials normalize policy.

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