State Bank of Pakistan

Pakistani Central Bank Rate Increased to 17%

January 23, 2023

The State Bank of Pakistan‘s policy rate has been raised a full percentage point to a 24-year high of 17.0%. That’s 10 percentage points above the pandemic low of 7% that prevailed from June 2020 until an initial 25-basis point hike in September 2021. The previous rate hike in November was also by a full […] More

Lunar New Year Holiday Quells Monday Financial Market Activity

January 23, 2023

Financial markets in China will be shut all week for the Lunar New Year holiday that ushers in the Year of the Rabbit. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam are also closed today. The euro touched a nine-month high overnight of $1.0923 but subsequently settled back under $1.09 to a net […] More

Holidays in U.S., Japan, and Canada But No Respite for Equity Market Weakness

October 10, 2022

China emerged from a full-week holiday to experience a 1.7% drop in equity prices. Stock markets also fell 1.4% in Australia and Taiwan, 3.0% in Hong Kong, and 1.2% in Singapore. Japan observed Health and Sports Day, and the U.S. and Canada are observing Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day, respectively. There will be not bond […] More

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

Pakistani and Russian Central Bank Interest Rates Undergo Big Changes in Opposite Directions

April 8, 2022

The latest batch of central bank interest rate decisions includes a 250 basis point hike in the State Bank of Pakistan’s policy rate to 12.25%. The decision was made at an emergency unscheduled meeting, accompanied by an upwardly revised 11% projected rate of inflation this year, and explicitly intended to restore a premium between the […] More

More Bad Inflation News and a Diversity of Central Bank Decisions

April 8, 2022

The dollar continued to trade at historically firm levels overnight. The weighted DXY dollar index is up 0.1% and touched another multiyear high of 99.99. Gains of 0.5%, 0.3% and 0.2% were made against the New Zealand, Australian and British currencies, but the greenback dipped 0.2% versus the Russian ruble. Asian stock markets made modest […] More

Dollar Marking Time as Two-Day FOMC Meeting Commences

December 14, 2021

The dollar remained unchanged on balance overnight against the euro, Swiss franc, kiwi, yuan and versus its weighted DXY index. The greenback ticked 0.1% higher relative to the yen and loonie and 0.1% lower vis-a-vis sterling. A two-day meeting of the FOMC began in which policymakers are expected to accelerate previously signaled plans to taper […] More

State Bank of Pakistan’s Policy Interest Rate Cut for Fourth Time in Space of Two Months

May 15, 2020

Pakistan’s key central bank rate was at 13.25% as recently as March 16 but now falls to 8.0%, thanks to two reductions in March totaling 225 basis points, a third cut of 200 bps a month ago and a fourth announced today by the Monetary Policy Committee of 100 basis points after an emergency meeting. […] More