Bank of Israel

More Central Bank Rate Hikes in Pakistan, Israel, and Ghana

May 23, 2022

In all of these instances, tightening interest rate cycles inspired by accelerating inflation had begun prior to today’s moves. There have been five increases of the State Bank of Pakistan‘s policy interest rate since September 2021, when the rate was raised 25 basis points from 7.0% to 7.25%. hikes followed of 150 basis points in […] More

Gradual Central Bank Interest Rate Incline Begins in Israel

April 11, 2022

Officials at the Bank of Israel raised their interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 0.35%. The rate had been 0.1% since a 15 basis point cut in April 2020 and matching a record low from late 2014 until November 2018. Analysts had expected an increase today but only by enough to reverse the […] More

Central Banks of Turkey, Ukraine, and Israel Review Monetary Policies

October 22, 2020

Instead of a follow-through measure after last month’s two percentage point rate hike, officials at the Central Bank of Turkey surprised analysts by keeping their one-week repo rate unchanged at 10.25%. Many had been expected the rate to return to its end-2019 level of 12%. The rate initially this year had been slashed by 75 […] More

Israeli Central Bank Rate Cut 15 Basis Points to 0.15%

April 6, 2020

The Bank of Israel’s monetary policy rate has been lowered back to the low of 0.10% that prevailed from January 2015 until a 15-basis point increase in late November 2018. Previously, the rate had crested at 3.25% prior to 2011 but was lowered by 75 basis points per year over four consecutive calendar years through […] More

Decline Continues in Equity Markets

February 26, 2020

The dollar climbed overnight by 0.6% against sterling, 0.5% relative to the Australian dollar, 0.3% versus the yen and peso, 0.2% vis-a-vis the loonie, and 0.1% against the yuan. The dollar also extended its uptrend against several developing country currencies like the South African rand and South Korean won. Alternatively, the dollar dipped 0.2% against […] More

Many Industrial Production Reports as Well as U.S. Jobs Day

January 10, 2020

Markets marked time ahead of the U.S. December labor market statistics. The dollar didn’t react much afterward, either. As of 08:10 EST, the dollar was up 0.2% against the Swiss franc and 0.1% relative to the euro and yen. The greenback was unchanged vis-a-vis the loonie and kiwi but down by 0.3% against the peso […] More

Israeli Central Bank Interest Rate Left Unchanged but Released Statement Is Decidedly More Dovish

August 28, 2019

The Monetary Committee’s assessment is that in view of the turnaround in the inflation environment in Israel and in the monetary policies of major central banks, the slowing in the global economy, and the continued appreciation of the shekel, the interest rate will not be increased for an extended period. Moreover, if necessary, the Committee […] More

Israeli Policy Interest Rate Unchanged at 0.25%

May 20, 2019

Six months have now elapsed since the one and only interest rate hike of the current tightening cycle. The rate previously had been pinned at 0.10% from February 2015 to November 2018, and it remains far beneath the last cyclical high in 2010 of 3.25% in the summer of 2011. In a published statement today following […] More

Bank of Israel Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged

January 7, 2019

The Bank of Israel Monetary Committee reviewed its monetary policy stance for the first time since a 15-basis point interest rate hike announced in late November to 0.25%. That increase had been the first change 3-3/4 years and reversed a cut of same size in February 2015, which had culminated a 310-basis point easing cycle […] More

Bank of Israel Raises Key Interest Rate

November 26, 2018

The Bank of Israel‘s key interest rate was changed for the first time since a 15-basis point cut in February 2015. That reduction was reversed today, but officials characterize the new stance as still accommodative. The rate is only 0.25% and was 3.25% at the end of 2010. In justifying today’s 15-basis point rate hike, […] More

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