Central Bank of Russia

Central Bank of Russia

September 10, 2021

The Bank of Russia‘s key interest rate was lifted for the fifth time since March. In all, the rate has climbed 250 basis points to 6.75%, but today’s move of 25 basis points matched the previously smallest change, which happened to be the initial increment. With GDP back to its pre-pandemic level and “given high […] More

Central Bank of Russia Hikes Interest Rate Further

July 23, 2021

The Central Bank of Russia’s policy interest rates was raised today for a full percentage point to 6.5%, which more than reversed last year’s entire easing from 6.25% to 4.25%. Along with increases of 25 basis points in March, 50 bps in April, 75 bps in May and 50 bps in June, the Russian central […] More

Covid Alive and Well and Exerting Varied Influence

July 23, 2021

July preliminary purchasing manager survey results reported today for the euro area, U.K., Australia and United States confirm continuing robust economic activity but weaker business confidence due to elevated inflation, supply-side constraints in labor and materials, and not least the highly infectious Delta Variant of Covid-19. The number of globally identified coronavirus cases keeps grinding […] More

G7 Summit and a Greater-than-Expected Interest Rate Hike in Russia

June 11, 2021

Leaders of the Group of Seven (U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., and Canada) are holding their annual summit in Cornwall, England. A third successive hike of the Central Bank of Russia has been engineered, and its 50-basis point increase to 5.5% exceeded forecasts of a 25-basis point move. The rate had been raised by […] More

A Second Interest Rate Hike in Russia, and It’s Bigger than Forecast

April 23, 2021

The Central Bank of Russia, by contrast, today raised its interest rate benchmark by more than expected despite increasing voter dissatisfaction with President Putin. An initial 25-basis point rate increase on March 19 had constituted a trend reversal. By last July, the rate had been lowered last year by a total of 200 basis points […] More

April PMI Results, Bold U.S. Policy Proposals, and a 50-Basis Point Central Bank Hike in Russia

April 23, 2021

The weighted dollar fell 0.3% overnight and double that for the week. Against specific other currencies, the dollar lost 0.7% against the Japanese yen, 0.3% relative to the euro, Australian dollar and sterling, and 0.2% versus the Swiss franc, Mexican peso, and New Zealand and Canadian dollars. The dollar held steady against the Chinese yuan […] More

Bank of Russia Tightens Unexpectedly

March 19, 2021

The Central Bank of Russia became the third monetary authority this week to raise its key interest rate in response to accelerating and above-target inflation, but unlike the tighenings in Brazil and Turkey which were merely larger than anticipated, Russia’s hike to 4.5% from 4.25% had not been expected. A statement from the Board of […] More

Mixed Signals this Friday

September 18, 2020

China’s Shanghai Composite equity index jumped 2.1%, but share prices fell 1.4% in New Zealand and 0.3% in Australia and India. Japan’s Nikkei rose only 0.2%, and Spanish stocks have so far dropped 1.2% on the day. The dollar climbed to another record high against the Turkish lira and shows a year-to-date advance of more […] More

Bank of Russia Interest Rate Reduced Full Percentage Point

June 19, 2020

The Central Bank of Russia lowered its one-week repo rate by a full percentage point to a record low of 4.5%, bringing the net drop this year to 175 basis points. The rate earlier was cut 25 bps in February and by 50 bps in April. More monetary relief is moreover still in play according […] More

Dollar Extending Gains Against Commodity-Sensitive Currencies

February 7, 2020

The dollar rose overnight by a further 0.7% against the kiwi, peso, Russian ruble, and Aussie dollar and by 0.5% relative to the Chinese yuan. The dollar dropped 0.3% versus the yen and 0.1% vis-a-vis sterling but is unchanged against the euro. Intensifying concern about the spreading coronavirus epidemic provided an excuse for profit-taking in […] More