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27027"Fed Holds Rates as Expected, Signals December Hike"11/8/2018 7:27:30 PM"The Federal Reserve kept the target range for the federal funds rate at 2 percent to 2.25 percent during its November 2018 meeting, saying that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate while inflation remains near its 2 percent target. The Fed also reaffirmed its plans to continue raising rates gradually, suggesting a rate hike at its next meeting in December is likely."United StatesInterest RateFDTR/united-states/interest-rate
27020Malaysia Keeps Monetary Policy Steady11/8/2018 7:36:40 AM"The Central Bank of Malaysia kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent on November 8th, 2018, as widely expected. Policymakers said the economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth, low unemployment and a current account surplus. Private consumption will remain the main driver of growth, but the domestic economy continues to face downside risks stemming from any further escalation in trade tensions and prolonged weakness in the mining and agriculture sectors."MalaysiaInterest RateMAOPRATE/malaysia/interest-rate
27014New Zealand Leaves Interest Rate at 1.75%11/7/2018 8:12:35 PM"The interest rate in New Zealand was kept unchanged at 1.75 percent on 7 November 2018. The bank underscored that it expects to keep the OCR at this level through 2019 and into 2020, expecting GDP growth to pick up over 2019 and pointing to trade tensions as significant risk for sentiment. Consumer prices increased 1.9 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2018 following a 1.5 percent increase in the previous quarter. The print came above consensus expectations (1.7 percent) and was the highest rate in four quarters."New ZealandInterest RateNZOCRS/new-zealand/interest-rate
27009Australia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged11/6/2018 4:03:45 AM"The Reserve Bank of Australia left the cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent at its November meeting, as widely expected, extending its record period of policy inaction beyond two years. While reiterating that inflation is expected to pick up gradually over the next couple of years, policymakers said they revised up slightly the forecasts for economic growth in 2018 and 2019 to average around 3-1/2 percent amid positive business conditions and rising non-mining investment."AustraliaInterest RateRBATCTR/australia/interest-rate
26992BoE Leaves Rates Unchanged11/1/2018 1:13:49 PM"The Bank of England voted unanimously to leave the Bank Rate steady at 0.75 percent on November 1st 2018, in line with market expectations. Policymakers said that if the economy continues to develop in line with forecasts, further tightening will be appropriate. The stock of UK government bond purchases, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves, was maintained at £435 billion."United KingdomInterest RateUKBRBASE/united-kingdom/interest-rate
26987Brazil Holds Interest Rate at 6.50%10/31/2018 9:15:23 PM"The Central Bank of Brazil voted unanimously to hold its key Selic rate at 6.50 percent on 31 October 2018 as widely expected, keeping borrowing costs at the lowest level in modern history amid target inflation and lackluster GDP growth. It was the first monetary policy meeting after the presidential election."BrazilInterest RateBZSTSETA/brazil/interest-rate
26975"BoJ Holds Rates, Lowers Inflation Forecasts"10/31/2018 7:55:53 AM"The Bank of Japan left its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1 percent at its October meeting and kept the target for the 10-year Japanese government bond yield at around zero percent, as widely expected. The central bank also revised down inflation forecasts again, saying that the momentum toward achieving the price stability target of 2 percent is not sufficiently firm despite years of massive monetary easing."JapanInterest RateBOJDTR/japan/interest-rate
26957Russia Holds Key Interest Rate at 7.5%10/26/2018 10:43:32 AM"The Bank of Russia held its benchmark one-week repo rate at 7.5 percent on October 26th after an unexpected 25 bps hike in the previous meeting, saying pro-inflationary risks remain elevated and uncertainties over future external conditions persist. Policymakers expect annual inflation to be 5-5.5 percent in 2019, before returning to 4 percent in 2020."RussiaInterest RateRREFRATE/russia/interest-rate
26952ECB Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged10/25/2018 1:22:58 PMThe ECB held its benchmark refinancing rate at 0 percent on October 25th and said it will continue to make net purchases under the asset purchase programme at the new monthly pace of €15 billion until the end of December 2018. Policymakers expect key interest rates to remain at record low levels at least through the summer of 2019.Euro AreaInterest RateEURR002W/euro-area/interest-rate
26951Turkey Leaves Policy Rate Unchanged at 24%10/25/2018 11:17:44 AM"The Central Bank of Turkey held its one week repo auction rate at 24 percent on September 25th as widely expected, following a 625 bps hike last month to support the lira. Policymakers noted that external demand maintains its strength while slowdown in economic activity continues, partly due to tighter financial conditions. Still, the central bank pledged to tighten monetary policy further if necessary. The lira has rebounded recently, erasing the losses inflicted by American sanctions in August, after diplomatic relations with Washington improved."TurkeyInterest RateTUIBON/turkey/interest-rate
26944Canada Lifts Key Rate to 1.75%10/24/2018 3:43:45 PM"The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate by 25bps to 1.75 percent on October 24th 2018 from 1.5 percent, as widely expected. It marks the third increase this year and the highest rate since December 2008. Policymakers said that more hikes will be needed to keep inflation close to the target of 2 percent, as economy stays strong and the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would reduce economic uncertainty. The bank also mentioned evidence that Canadian households are adjusting well to higher borrowing costs. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2.0 percent and the deposit rate is 1.50 percent."CanadaInterest RateCCLR/canada/interest-rate
26941Sweden Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged10/24/2018 7:51:16 AM"The central bank of Sweden left its benchmark interest rate at -0.5 percent on October 24th 2018, in line with market expectations, saying the economic activity in Sweden is strong and inflation remains close to the target of 2 percent. However, monetary policy needs to continue to be expansionary for inflation to remain within the target. The central bank added that the repo rate will be raised by 25bps either in December or February."SwedenInterest RateSWRRATEI/sweden/interest-rate
26940Indonesia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged10/23/2018 9:51:21 AM"Bank Indonesia left its 7-day reverse repurchase rate unchanged at 5.75 percent on October 23rd, after two consecutive hikes and matching market expectations. Policymakers said the decision to pause the tightening was consistent with efforts to reduce the current account gap and maintain the attractiveness of the domestic financial market. The lending and the deposit facility rates were also left steady at 6.5 percent and 5 percent respectively."IndonesiaInterest RateIDBIRATE/indonesia/interest-rate
26930Chile Raises Interest Rate by 25 Bps to 2.75%10/19/2018 9:14:56 AM"The Central Bank of Chile raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 bps to 2.75 percent on 18 October 2018, matching market expectations. The decision was unanimous to ensure that inflation perspectives remain close to the target of 3% over the two-year horizon. Policymakers mentioned that global and regional growth prospects deteriorated since the last minutes, while consumer prices jumped to a two-year high in September, underscoring rising yields. Inflation in Chile increased to 3.1 percent year-on-year in September of 2018 from 2.6 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate in two years."ChileInterest RateCHOVCHOV/chile/interest-rate
26926South Korea Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged10/18/2018 5:44:24 AM"The Bank of Korea held its base rate steady at 1.5 percent on 17th October 2018, as expected, amid new signs of a slowdown in the economy, meager job growth and risks from global trade tensions."South KoreaInterest RateKORP7DR/south-korea/interest-rate
26924Further and Gradual Rate Hikes Likely to Continue10/17/2018 6:22:42 PM"The Fed considered that further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate would be necessary to achieve a sustained economic expansion, minutes from last FOMC meeting showed. Some Fed officials said policy would need to become modestly restrictive for a time and other judged that it would be necessary to temporarily raise rates above the normalization level to prevent inflation from overshooting the 2 percent target."United StatesInterest RateFDTR/articles/10172018182242.htm
26893ECB Shows Concerns Over Protectionism and EM Volatility10/11/2018 12:12:15 PM"ECB policymakers consider that risks to the Euro Area growth outlook were broadly balanced and the economy shows a considerable degree of domestic resilience. However, risks related to rising protectionism, vulnerabilities in emerging markets and financial market volatility gained more prominence recently, minutes from the ECB's September meeting showed."Euro AreaInterest RateEURR002W/articles/10112018121215.htm
26869India Leaves Rates Unchanged10/5/2018 9:40:12 AM"The Reserve Bank of India unexpectedly left its key policy rate steady at 6.5 percent on October 5th 2018, following a 25bps hike in the previous meeting, surprising markets that expected a similar rise to support a falling currency and curb inflationary pressures from oil prices. Policymakers said the decision is consistent with a calibrated tightening that aims to achieve a 4 percent +/- 2 percent inflation target and support growth. The reverse repo rate was also left at 6.25 percent and the marginal standing facility rate and the Bank Rate at 6.75 percent each."IndiaInterest RateRSPOYLD/india/interest-rate
25827Indonesia Hikes Key Rate by 25 Bps in Expected Move10/2/2018 8:36:11 AM"Bank Indonesia raised its 7-day reverse repurchase rate by 25 bps to 5.75 percent on September 27th, matching expectations. It was the fifth hike in six meetings, in an attempt to support the country's falling currency. The rupiah already weakened nearly 10 percent against the USD since the beginning of the year, reaching its lowest since 1998, amid a higher than expected current account deficit and a continued strengthening of the dollar. The deposit and lending facility rates were also increased by 25 bps to 5 percent and 6.5 percent respectively."IndonesiaInterest RateIDBIRATE/articles/09272018085559.htm
26857RBA Holds Cash Rate at 1.5%10/2/2018 4:48:32 AM"The Reserve Bank of Australia kept the cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent at its October meeting, as widely expected, extending its record period of policy inaction beyond two years, amid sluggishness in inflation and wages and the risk to global growth from trade policy in the US."AustraliaInterest RateRBATCTR/articles/10022018043845.htm