Archive for May 19th, 2022

Central Bank Watch

South African Reserve Bank Interest Rate Hiked 50 Basis Points after 4-1 Vote

May 19, 2022

With one dissent favoring a 25-basis point increment, South Africa’s Monetary Policy Committee agreed to increase its interest rate to 4.75%. This new level is 125 basis points above the pandemic low of 3.5% prevailing from July 2020 until November 2021 but 175 basis points below the pre-pandemic level of 6.5%. A released statement lays […] More

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Central Bank of Sri Lanka

May 19, 2022

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Board had agreed to a shock and awe 700-basis point interest rate hike at their policy review in April and consequently decided this month to leave the standing deposit facility rate unchanged at 13.5%. “The Board was of the view that the policy measures that have already been implemented […] More

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First Filipino Interest Rate Hike Since November 2018

May 19, 2022

At the Central Bank of The Philippines, the overnight interest rate was lifted 25 basis points to 2.25% today. This was the first increase since November 2018 but leaves the rate level 175 basis points under its pre-pandemic level of 4.0%. Filipino CPI inflation rose from 3.0% in January and February to a 40-month high […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Nothing but Red on the Screens

May 19, 2022

It’s no longer about the data, or the news for that matter. A self-perpetuating technically-driven downward dynamic has taken over financial markets. For the Nasdaq, the bear market threshold was breached a while ago. S&P futures are within a percent of bear market territory, and its only a matter of time before the Dow joins […] More

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