Central Bank of Chile

Central Bank of Chile Lifts Policy Rate

January 31, 2019

The Central Bank of Chile engineered a second 25-basis point in its monetary policy rate to 3.0%. The initial rate hike of similar size had been done in October. The rate’s last cyclical low of 2.5% had prevailed from May 2017 through October 2018. Chilean CPI inflation now of 2.6% is a half percentage point […] More

Short-Lived Fed Stockmarket Rally

January 31, 2019

The FOMC’s tightening pause gave a big boost to U.S. stocks yesterday and was augmented by some better-than-expected corporate earnings.  But the DOW fell in the first hour of U.S. trading, and share prices have also weakened today in Germany France, and Australia. This contrasts with gains close to 1% in China, Hong Kong and […] More

Central Bank of Chile

October 19, 2018

Chilean monetary officials agreed unanimously to the first interest rate hike since December 2015, raising its key rate by 25 basis points to 2.75% from 2.50%, which had prevailed since May 2017 and had constituted the lowest level since September 2010. In taking this first tightening, which markets had anticipated, officials noted that Chile’s output […] More

Monetary Policy on Hold at Central Bank of Chile

June 14, 2018

The monetary policy rate has been 2.5% since four 25-basis point cuts implemented within the first five months of 2017, and yesterday’s decision announced late in the day again resulted from a unanimous vote. Officials released a statement that revised the near-term inflation forecast upward due to oil price developments and a depreciated Chilean peso, […] More

Central Bank of Chile

May 3, 2018

Chilean monetary officials unanimously agreed to keep their monetary policy rate at 2.5%, the level since four 25-basis point cuts in the first five months of last year. A statement was released affirming the Board intention to “keep the monetary stimulus at its current level until macroeconomic conditions tend to consolidate the convergence of inflation […] More

Chilean Policy Rate Left at 2.5%

March 20, 2018

The Central Bank of Chile’s Board voted unanimously to keep its 2.5% monetary policy interest rate. It reached that level in May 2017 after the last of four 25-basis point cuts that year. A statement released after the policy review observed two somewhat offsetting developments. On the one hand, the economy grew a little faster […] More

Central Bank of Chile

February 2, 2018

There were four Chilean central bank interest rate cuts in 2017, each by 25 basis points and all done by May. The key rate has been at 2.5%, and officials unanimously decided to it there at the first policy review of 2018. A statement was released afterwards that leaves the door open to possible more […] More

Central Bank Rates in Chile, Peru and Colombia Left Unchanged

December 14, 2017

The Central Bank of Chile’s main interest rate was retained at 2.5%, but a released statement expresses some concern about the effect of inflation staying below target might have on actual inflation. “The risks of a delay in the convergence of inflation associated to its current persistently low level are still present, so, if deemed […] More

Central Bank of Chile: Board Leaves Policy Unchanged

November 15, 2017

Chile’s monetary policy rate had been reduced by 25 basis points four times during the first five months of 2017 to the current level of 2.5%. That’s higher than the present on-year CPI inflation rate of 1.9% but below the center of the medium-term 2-4% CPI target. In a statement after the latest Board meeting, […] More

Central Bank of Chile

October 19, 2017

Chilean monetary officials once again left the key interest rate at 2.5%. The last reduction in May capped four 25-basis point moves during the first five months of 2017 to the current level. The rate had been at 3.5% throughout the entirety of 2016. Officials run an inflation-stabilization monetary policy, targeting the CPI at 3.0% […] More