Bank of Israel

May 23, 2016

Like the fourteen previous monthly monetary policy meetings, this month’s decision was to keep the key Israeli central bank rate at a lowly 0.1%.  Four four straight calendar years (2011-14), it was reduced by 75 basis points, and those three cumulative percentage points of easing were topped off by a 15-basis point cut in February 2015.  A statemen t released after the May decision observed a high risk that inflation, now at -0.9%, will not return to the 2% target as quickly as hoped.  Because of contracting exports, risk surrounding Israel’s growth outlook is also more skewed to the downside.

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