Central Bank of Chile Retains 3.5% Interest Rate Level

January 15, 2016

Chile’s central bank interest rate had been raised in both October and December of 2015, lifting such from 3.0% to 3.5%.  A pause this month was not a surprise, nor is the likelihood of more increases during the first half of 2016.  A statement from the Central Bank Board explains the determinant of policy ahead:

The future path of the monetary policy rate considers measured adjustments aimed to ensure the convergence of inflation to the target, at a pace that will depend on incoming information and its implications on inflation. The Board reiterates its commitment to conduct monetary policy with flexibility, so that projected inflation stands at 3% over the policy horizon.

Inflation in Chile, as in Peru where rates were lifted today, stands currently at 4.4%.  The inflation target is 2-4%.  Core inflation is near 5%, but at least expected inflation remains anchored at the target midpoint.  Officials want to keep it so tethered.  Unfortunately, Chilean growth has been sputtering.

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