Central Bank of Iceland

Latest Icelandic Central Bank Rate Hike… and More Promised Ahead

August 24, 2022

the Iceland’s seven-day term deposit rate was raised by 75 basis points to a six-year high of 5.5%. The current tightening cycle in Iceland began in May 2021 from a base of 0.75% and has further distance to go, according to a statement from the Central Bank of Iceland’s Monetary Policy Committee released today. Icelandic […] More

Continuing Dollar Uptrend

August 24, 2022

Investors remain focused on the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which starts tomorrow. This coming event has put the theme of tightening monetary policy into the spotlight. The Fed has been at the forefront of the fight against inflation, and the dollar continues to be well-bid, rising another 0.5% overnight against its […] More

Percentage Point Increase of Icelandic Central Bank Rate to 4.75%

June 22, 2022

The Central Bank of Iceland raised its policy rate today by a full percentage point, just as it had done at its prior review in early May. The rate from now will be at 4.75%, up from 2.0% at the end of 2021, and a pandemic low of 0.75% from May 2020 until May 2021. […] More

With Central Bank Policies in Today’s Spotlight, Tuesday’s Equity Rally Has Been Followed by Renewed Selling on Wednesday

June 22, 2022

Fed Chairman Powell delivers his semi-annual congressional testimony on U.S. monetary policy and the economy at 10:00 EDT (14:00 GMT) before the Senate Banking Committee. He is likely to strike a hawkish tone, prioritizing the goal of reducing inflation and halting the upward creep of expected inflation. The quarterly review of the Swiss National Bank’s […] More

Central Bank Rate Hike in Iceland

February 9, 2022

The Central Bank of Iceland’s policy interest rate has been lifted 75 basis points to a two-year high of 2.75. This was the fifth rate hike since its pandemic low of 0.75%, following increases of 25 basis points last May, August, and October as well as a 50-basis point incremental rise in November. CPI inflation […] More

Lessening Risk Aversion

February 9, 2022

The recent sell-off in bonds has taken a step back, and that has encouraged bottom-feeding in equities. Nonetheless, markets have come a long way in the first five weeks of 2022. The 30 year U.S. fixed mortgage rate rose another five basis points last week and, at 3.83%, was 56 basis points above its end-2021 […] More

Icelandic Central Bank Rate Hike

November 17, 2021

The Central Bank of Iceland‘s policy interest rate has also been raised multiple times in response to the recent acceleration of inflation. Today’s hike to 2.0% from 1.5% increased the ante following 25-basis point advances in May, August, and October. “The inflation outlook has deteriorated somewhat since August, owing in part to more persistent global […] More

Persistent Global Pressure on Prices, Some More Central Bank Hikes, and the Dollar Touches Its Firmest Level Since July 2020

November 17, 2021

The weighted DXY dollar index touched 96.24 overnight, its strongest level since the first week of July 2020, but has settled back to show no net changed. Relative to Tuesday closing levels, the dollar is down 0.3% relative to the kiwi, yuan, peso, and sterling and by 0.1% vis-a-vis the euro, yen and loonie. The […] More

Central Bank of Iceland Implements Third Rate Hike of 2021

October 6, 2021

At the Central Bank of Iceland, the seven-day term deposit rate was increased by 25 basis points to 1.5%. This is the third quarter percentage point tightening since May. Inflation topped 4% at 4.4% last month, and supply chain shortages continue, further risking an upward drift in inflation expectations. While first-half growth underperformed the expectations […] More

Inflation Surprises Persisting, Central Banks Reacting, and Investors Fretting about What Lies Just Ahead

October 6, 2021

Against the backdrop of  central banks reacting to higher-than-forecast inflation, the dollar continues to be a well-bid currency. The weighted DXY dollar index came within a 0.05-point whisker overnight of matching its 52-week high set last November. The U.S. currency also rose 1.1% against the kiwi and Mexican peso, 0.7% versus the euro and Aussie […] More

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