Central Bank of Chile

Some Fresh Concerns

January 27, 2023

While awaiting the monthly U.S. report on personal income, personal consumption, and the Fed’s favored PCE price deflator, investors got some disquieting price news from other countries. In Japan where consumer price data for Tokyo are reported a month earlier than national statistics, today’s January figures showed an acceleration of the total CPI to a […] More

Central Bank of Chile

September 7, 2022

The Central Bank of Chile‘s monetary policy has underwent a radical shift since mid-2021. Starting at just 0.50%, the policy interest rate was raised to 4.0% during the second half of last year and — after yesterday’s announced greater-than-expected full percentage point increase to 10.75% — a further 675 basis points so far this year. […] More

A Busy Wednesday as Central Banks Compete with Data for Market Attention

September 7, 2022

Dollar strength continues, with another 20-year high touched overnight by the weighted DXY index. At 144.98, the dollar climbed 1.4% overnight and to its highest Japanese yen value since August 1998 when the Asian debt crisis was raging. The greenback also has advanced 0.8% versus sterling and 0.3% vis-a-vis the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand […] More

Central Bank of Chile Rate Hike

July 14, 2022

Chilean monetary officials had cut their interest rate twice in March 2020 by a total of 125 basis points to 0.50% but began to raise the rate in July 2021 and did so in four moves by a total of 350 basis points by December. Yesterday’s unanimously decided increase to 9.75% from 9.0% was the […] More

Revolting Developments but the Dollar Rally Plays On and Central Bankers Scramble to Catch Up

July 14, 2022

Not for the first time this year, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s candid remarks about a deteriorating global economic outlook has fanned investors’ flight to safety. The litany of problems includes soaring inflation, tighter monetary policies, Russia’s relentless destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure, other geopolitical tensions, and weakening business and consumer confidence. He could have added […] More

Big Interest Rate Hike at the Central Bank of Chile

January 26, 2022

Whereas G7 central banks other than the Bank of England (whose interest rate is still a very depressed 0.25%) have not begun interest rate lift-off, the same is not true at many second-tier monetary authorities. For example, the Brazilian Selic rate has been raised from a 2.0% pandemic low to 9.5%. Ukraine’s policy rate has […] More

Central Bank of Chile

October 14, 2021

More central banks have reacted to the rise in inflationary risks. Late Wednesday came news from the Central Bank of Chile of a unanimously agreed greater-than-projected 125-basis point high in its policy interest rate. This move was the third recent hike following increases of 25 basis points in July and 75 bps at the end […] More

Optimism Bumps Up that Recovery Can Withstand Covid, Higher Inflation, and Central Bank Tightening

October 14, 2021

Equities have experienced a better session, with higher closes in Asia of 1.5% in Japan and South Korea and 1.4% in Indonesia. Hong Kong was closed for the Chung Yeung festival. The German Dax, Paris Cac and British Ftse are respectively up 0.9%, 1.0% and 0.7%, and U.S. futures point to similar gains. The move […] More

Central Bank of Chile Tightens Again

September 1, 2021

Yesterday’s monetary policy review ended with a greater-than-expected 75-basis point hike in the Central Bank of Chile’s policy interest rate to 1.50%. An initial 25-basis point increase had been authorized at the previous review in July. The latest decision was made unanimously, and officials signaled that interest rate normalization has further to go. At 1.50%, […] More

Watching China and Central Banks

July 15, 2021

The U.S. dollar edged slightly higher overnight, with gains of 0.4% against the Australian and New Zealand currencies, 0.3% versus the euro, and 0.1% relative to the Swiss franc, loonie, and DXY weighted index. Alternatively, the dollar slipped 0.2% against the Chinese yuan and 0.1% versus sterling, while dollar/yen stayed steady. Share prices had climbed […] More