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27621Russia Holds Key Interest Rate Steady at 7.75%3/22/2019 11:22:09 AM"The Bank of Russia left its benchmark one-week repo rate at 7.75 percent on March 22nd, in line with market expectations, saying inflation is holding lower than expected after a VAT increase in January. Also, policymakers said short-term pro-inflationary risks have decreased. The central bank lowered its end-of-year annual inflation forecast in 2019 to 4.7-5.2 percent from 5.0-5.5 percent previously expected, before returning to 4 percent in the first half of 2020."RussiaInterest RateRREFRATE/russia/interest-rate
27617BoE Holds Rates3/21/2019 12:13:05 PM"The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to hold the Bank Rate at 0.75 percent during its March policy meeting and reaffirmed its pledge to gradual and limited rate rises over the forecast period, despite persistent concerns about Brexit. Policymakers noted that softening in global GDP and trade growth has continued, while CPI inflation is expected to remain close to the 2 percent target over coming months."United KingdomInterest RateUKBRBASE/united-kingdom/interest-rate
27615Indonesia Holds Key Interest Rate at 6%3/21/2019 11:11:24 AM"Bank Indonesia kept its benchmark 7-day reverse repo rate unchanged at 6 percent on 21th March 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers said the decision was consistent with efforts to reduce the current account gap towards a range of 2.5% of GDP in 2019 and maintaining the attractiveness of domestic financial markets for foreign investors. The lending and the deposit facility rates were also left steady at 6.75 percent and 5.25 percent respectively. For 2019, the central bank expects Indonesia inflation below midpoint of 2.5-4.5 percent target range while GDP growth is projected between 5.0-5.4 percent."IndonesiaInterest RateIDBIRATE/indonesia/interest-rate
27610Brazil Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged3/21/2019 10:28:11 AM"The Central Bank of Brazil voted unanimously to hold its key Selic rate at a record low of 6.50 percent on March 20th 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers noted that recent data on economic activity came in below expectations, still the domestic economy continues on a gradual recovery path and added that the global outlook remains challenging."BrazilInterest RateBZSTSETA/brazil/interest-rate
27614Philippines Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged3/21/2019 9:05:34 AM"The Philippine central bank left its key overnight reverse repurchase facility rate unchanged at 4.75 percent on March 21st 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers said that the decision remains consistent with the price stability objective and that they will continue to monitor developments affecting the inflation outlook."PhilippinesInterest RatePhilippinesIntRate/philippines/interest-rate
27612"Switzerland Keeps Rates Steady, Lowers Inflation Forecasts"3/21/2019 8:45:02 AM"The Swiss National Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at -0.75 percent on March 21st 2019, in line with market expectations, saying the Swiss franc is still highly valued, and the situation on the foreign exchange market continues to be fragile. Policymakers also lowered inflation forecasts for 2019 to 0.3 percent from 0.5 percent and for 2020 to 0.6 percent from 1 percent."SwitzerlandInterest RateSZLTTR/switzerland/interest-rate
27609Fed Sees Rates Unchanged in 20193/20/2019 6:14:16 PM"The Federal Reserve held the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25-2.5 percent during its March meeting and lowered its forecast for US economic growth, as widely expected. Fed officials now expect rates to remain at current levels at least until the end of the year, compared to December's projection of two rate hikes."United StatesInterest RateFDTR/united-states/interest-rate
27605Thailand Leaves Interest Rate Steady as Expected3/20/2019 12:00:08 PM"The Bank of Thailand kept the policy rate at 1.75 percent on March 2019 meeting, as widely expected. The Committee said that the current accommodating monetary policy stance would remain appropriate in the period ahead and would continue to support economic growth, financial stability and inflation. For 2019, the Bank revised its economic growth forecast to 3.8 percent from 4.0 percent while inflation was 1 percent, unchanged from seen three months ago."ThailandInterest RateBTRR1DAY/thailand/interest-rate
27588"BoJ Holds Rates, Lowers Export and Output Assessment"3/15/2019 4:56:40 AM"The Bank of Japan left its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1 percent at its March meeting, as widely expected. Policymakers also kept the target for the 10-year Japanese government bond yield at around zero percent, but offered weaker views on exports and output amid rising global headwinds."JapanInterest RateBOJDTR/japan/interest-rate
27554ECB Sees Rates Unchanged Until the End of 20193/7/2019 2:56:16 PM"The European Central Bank held its benchmark refinancing rate at 0 percent on March 7th and pushed out the timing of its first rate hike in nearly eight years to 2020 at the earliest. Also, the central bank announced a new series of quarterly TLTRO to be launched in September 2019, aiming to preserve favourable bank lending conditions and the smooth transmission of monetary policy; and reaffirmed it will keep reinvesting cash from maturing bonds for an extended period of time."Euro AreaInterest RateEURR002W/euro-area/interest-rate
27549Canada Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged3/6/2019 3:02:23 PM"The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.75 percent on March 6th 2019, as widely expected. It remained the highest rate since December 2008. Policymakers said that the outlook continues to warrant a policy interest rate that is below its neutral range. The Committee added that they will be watching closely developments in household spending, oil markets, and global trade policy as there is a rise in the uncertainty about the timing of future rate hikes. The Bank Rate and deposit rate were also left unchanged at 2.0 percent and 1.50 percent, respectively."CanadaInterest RateCCLR/canada/interest-rate
27545Turkey Holds Policy Rate at 24% as Expected3/6/2019 11:05:28 AM"The Central Bank of Turkey held its one-week repo auction rate at 24 percent on March 6th as widely expected, saying risks on price stability persist despite some improvement in the inflation outlook. The country's annual inflation rate fell to a six-month low of 19.67 percent in February, still way above the central bank's midpoint target of 5 percent."TurkeyInterest RateTUIBON/turkey/interest-rate
27534Australia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged3/5/2019 1:16:54 PM"The Reserve Bank of Australia kept the cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent at its March meeting, as widely expected, extending its record period of policy inaction for 31st straight month. Policymakers said that the decision is consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and with achieving the inflation target over time. The Committee also noted that the inflation rate remains low and stable and it is expected to pick up gradually over the next couple of years, while the economy is projected to grow by around 3 percent in 2019 supported by business investment, spending on public infrastructure and employment. Policymakers added that uncertainty continued to be the outlook for household spending and the effect of fall housing prices in some cities."AustraliaInterest RateRBATCTR/australia/interest-rate
27535Malaysia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged3/5/2019 8:41:46 AM"The Central Bank of Malaysia left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent on March 5th, 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers that the decision in consistent with the intended policy stance, amid a slowdown in external sector. For 2019, inflation is expected to be broadly stable compared to 2018. The Committee also noted that the economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth and stable in labour market conditions. Private consumption will remain the main driver of growth, still the domestic economy continues to face downside risks stemming from any further escalation in trade tensions and commodity related shocks."MalaysiaInterest RateMAOPRATE/malaysia/interest-rate
27496South Korea Keeps Base Rate Unchanged at 1.75%2/28/2019 2:14:34 AM"The Bank of Korea left its base rate steady at 1.75 percent on February 28th 2019, as widely expected. While forecasting that consumer price inflation will fluctuate for some time below 1 percent, slightly lower than the path projected in January, and then run at the mid-1 percent level from the second half of this year; policymakers reiterated the domestic economy will sustain a rate of growth that does not diverge significantly from its potential level."South KoreaInterest RateKORP7DR/south-korea/interest-rate
27476ECB Concerns Intensify over Eurozone Growth Outlook: Minutes2/21/2019 12:48:36 PM"ECB officials agreed that monetary policy needed to remain prudent, patient and persistent and recognised that the risks surrounding the euro area growth outlook had moved to the downside, amid geopolitical uncertainties, the threat of protectionism, vulnerabilities in emerging markets and financial market volatility, minutes of the January meeting showed."Euro AreaInterest RateEURR002W/articles/02212019124836.htm
27474Indonesia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged2/21/2019 10:08:30 AM"Bank Indonesia left its benchmark 7-day reverse repo rate unchanged at 6 percent on 21th February 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers said the decision was consistent with efforts to reduce the current account gap towards a range of 2.5% of GDP in 2019 and maintaining the attractiveness of domestic financial markets for foreign investors. The lending and the deposit facility rates were also kept steady at 6.75 percent and 5.25 percent respectively. For 2019, the central bank expects Indonesia economy to grow between 5.0-5.4 percent."IndonesiaInterest RateIDBIRATE/articles/02212019095811.htm
27467Fed Policymakers Unsure on Future Rate Hikes: Minutes2/20/2019 7:38:38 PM"Many Fed officials suggested that it was not yet clear what adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate later this year, minutes of the January meeting showed. Policymakers also noted that some risks to the downside had increased and pledged to end reductions to its balance sheet before the end of 2019."United StatesInterest RateFDTR/articles/02202019191848.htm
27430Sweden Leaves Rates Unchanged2/13/2019 8:48:23 AM"The central bank of Sweden left its key repo rate steady at -0.25 percent on February 13th 2019, in line with market expectations and following a surprise 25bps hike in the previous meeting. Policymakers said economic developments in Sweden and abroad have entered a phase of lower growth and the conditions for inflation to remain close to 2 percent in the coming years have not changed to any great extent. Also, the central bank reiterated the next hike in the repo rate is seen during the second half of 2019, provided that the economic outlook and inflation prospects are as expected."SwedenInterest RateSWRRATEI/sweden/interest-rate
27429New Zealand Holds Rates at Record Low of 1.75%2/13/2019 4:12:59 AM"The Reserve Bank of New Zealand left its official cash rate/OCR unchanged at a record low of 1.75 percent on 13th February 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers said that low interest rate support domestic economic growth and inflation, and highlighted that the tailwind from a slowing global economy may reduce demand for New Zealand's exports. The Committee noted that the inflation rate is near the 2 percent target rate, mostly due to cost of petrol and to keep inflation close to target, the economy needs continued support from monetary policy. Policymakers added that rates will remain at this level through 2019 and 2020 and that the direction of the next move could be up or down."New ZealandInterest RateNZOCRS/new-zealand/interest-rate