Archive for August 4th, 2021

Central Bank Watch

50 Basis Point Hike to 10% the National Bank of Georgia’s Policy Interest Rate

August 4, 2021

Officials at the National Bank of Georgia authorized this year’s third refinancing rate hike, this time by 50 basis points to 10.0%. There had also been increases of 50 bps in March and 100 bps in April. Tighter monetary policy has been necessitated by a spike in inflation to 11.9%, which is way above the […] More

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A Negative U.S. Jobs Surprise and Global Covid Cases Climbs Above 200 million Threshold

August 4, 2021

Wednesday brought two pieces of discouraging news. ADP’s 330k monthly estimate of private U.S. employment growth in July was only about half as much as forecasters were anticipating, down from a 2Q average of 729k per month, and the lowest increase since February. Fed officials have made clear that labor market trends will exert very […] More

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