Central Bank of Chile Lifts Policy Rate

January 31, 2019

The Central Bank of Chile engineered a second 25-basis point in its monetary policy rate to 3.0%. The initial rate hike of similar size had been done in October. The rate’s last cyclical low of 2.5% had prevailed from May 2017 through October 2018. Chilean CPI inflation now of 2.6% is a half percentage point lower than when this mild tightening began. This second hike was decided unanimously by policymakers, who “considered that the evolution of macroeconomic conditions continues to warrant a gradual withdrawal of the monetary stimulus,” but they also intend to “proceed with this process gradually and cautiously.”

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