Bank of Korea: No Interest Rate Change this Time

June 13, 2013

Officials at the Bank of Korea voted unanimously to retain a 2.5% seven-day repo rate this month.  There had been three cuts of 25 basis points since mid-2012, most recently last monthA statement from the central bank calls the pace of economic growth weak and predicts “a negative output gap for a considerable time, due mostly to the slow recovery of the global economy.”  Inflation is below target and has been lower than 2% since October with a present pace of just 1.0%.  Officials expect low inflation to persist for the “time being,” and bond yields (up) and share prices (down) have followed adverse Asian trends lately. 

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