National Bank of Ukraine Cuts Key Interest Rate from 11% to 10.0%

March 12, 2020

For the seventh straight scheduled policy meeting, Ukraine’s key central bank policy rate has been cut. This string of reductions began eleven months ago from a high of 18%, and today’s was the second move of 2020 following a reduction of 150 basis points done at the end of January. A statement released by the NBU Board observes little impact thus far from the spreading coronavirus pandemic but acknowledges huge risks associated with that shock. In addition, CPI inflation of 2.4% as of February is still well below the 4-6% medium-term target band. In sizing up the future, officials note

The risk arising from the global spread of the novel coronavirus could, if realized, drive the global economy into a recession and cause a significant slowdown in the Ukrainian economy. A dramatic decline in global demand and investors’ revaluation of risks related to developing economies could negatively affect Ukraine’s external trade and make it more difficult for Ukraine to obtain financing.

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