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28451Nigeria Keeps Policy Rate at 13.5%9/20/2019 3:59:33 PM"The Central Bank of Nigeria held its monetary policy rate at 13.5 percent during its September meeting, as widely expected, as inflation remains persistently above the Bank's target range of 6-9 percent and economic growth remains sluggish. The bank's governor Godwin Emefiele said at a press conference that tightening rates could constrain growth while loosening it could allow inflation to rise, and that holding rates steady would allow the bank to appraise the impact of current policies, such as changes to the loan to deposit ratios at banks, that comes into force at the end of September, aiming to increase lending and foster growth."NigeriaInterest RateNigeriaIntRate/nigeria/interest-rate
28450Week Ahead9/20/2019 3:23:19 PM"Next week the final estimate of US Q2 GDP growth will be keenly watched, alongside personal income and outlays, PCE price index, durable goods orders, and pending home sales. Elsewhere, important releases include: UK CBI factory orders; Eurozone business survey and monetary indicators; Germany consumer morale; and China industrial profits. Policy decisions in the Philippines, New Zealand and Thailand will also be in the spotlight, as well as flash PMI surveys for the US, Eurozone, Japan and Australia."Country ListCalendar/calendar?article=28450&g=top&importance=2&startdate=2019-09-20
28442Swiss Trade Surplus Smallest in Over 1-1/2 Years9/20/2019 2:25:54 PM"The Swiss trade surplus narrowed to CHF 1.15 billion in August 2019 from a downwardly revised CHF 2.58 billion in the previous month. This was the smallest trade surplus since January last year, as exports fell while imports rose."SwitzerlandBalance Of TradeSZTBAL/switzerland/balance-of-trade
28448Japan Inflation Rate Falls to 6-Month Low9/20/2019 9:30:42 AM"Japan's consumer price inflation fell to 0.3 percent year-on-year in August 2019 from 0.5 percent in the previous month and well below market expectations of 0.6 percent. It was the lowest inflation rate in six months, raising the chances of further stimulus after the Bank of Japan decided to leave policy unchanged in its September meeting but left the window wide open for easing, calling for a review of prices and the economy in October."JapanInflation RateJNCPIYOY/japan/inflation-cpi
28449Hong Kong August Inflation Rate Rises to 3-Year High9/20/2019 8:49:28 AM"The annual inflation rate in Hong Kong rose to 3.5 percent in August 2019 from 3.3 percent in the previous month. It was the highest inflation rate since August 2016, mainly boosted by food and transport prices."Hong KongInflation RateHKCPIY/hong-kong/inflation-cpi
28447South Africa Holds Key Interest Rate Steady at 6.5%9/19/2019 2:08:54 PM"The South African Reserve Bank decided unanimously to leave its benchmark repo rate unchanged at 6.50 percent on September 19th 2019, as widely expected, after trimming it by 25 bps in the prior meeting, despite concerns about economic growth. Policymakers noted that inflation expectations continued to moderate and said that they will continue to focus on anchoring inflation expectations near the mid-point of the inflation target in the interest of balanced and sustainable growth. The bank added that future policy decisions will continue to be highly data-dependent, sensitive to the assessment of the balance of risks to the outlook, and will seek to look-through temporary price shocks."South AfricaInterest RateSARPRT/south-africa/interest-rate
28446US Jobless Claims Rise Less than Expected9/19/2019 12:37:47 PMThe number of Americans filling for unemployment benefits increased by 2 thousand to 208 thousand in the week ended September 14th from the previous week’s revised level of 206 thousand and compared with market expectations of 213 thousand.United StatesInitial Jobless ClaimsIJCUSA/united-states/jobless-claims
28443Bank Indonesia Slashes Interest Rates for 3rd Month9/19/2019 12:13:03 PM"Bank Indonesia reduced its 7-day reverse repo rate by 25bps to 5.25 percent during its September meeting, in an attempt to boost economic growth amid low inflation expectations. It was the third straight cut in three months, amid growing concerns about global growth due to continued trade tensions and a number of geopolitical risks. The overnight deposit and lending facilities were also trimmed by the same amount to 4.50 percent and 6.00 percent, respectively."IndonesiaInterest RateIDBIRATE/indonesia/interest-rate
28445BoE Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged9/19/2019 11:14:24 AM"The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to hold the Bank Rate at 0.75 percent during its September policy meeting, as widely expected. The bank also reaffirmed its pledge to gradual and limited rate rises in the event of greater clarity that the economy is on a path to a smooth Brexit, and assuming some recovery in global growth."United KingdomInterest RateUKBRBASE/united-kingdom/interest-rate
28440Australia Jobless Rate Highest in a Year9/19/2019 10:23:01 AM"Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up to 5.3 percent in August 2019 from 5.2 percent in the previous month and in line with market expectations. It was the highest jobless rate since August last year, as the number of unemployed increased by 4,100 and employment rose by 34,700."AustraliaUnemployment RateAULFUNEM/australia/unemployment-rate
28439Brazil Cuts Interest Rate to Fresh Record Low9/19/2019 10:13:53 AM"The Central Bank of Brazil voted unanimously to trim its key Selic rate by 50bps to 5.50 percent during its September meeting, as widely expected. It is the second consecutive rate cut bringing borrowing costs to its lowest on record, amid the global economic slowdown and as key domestic reforms continue to move forward."BrazilInterest RateBZSTSETA/brazil/interest-rate
28436Ghana Inflation Rate Lowest since 20139/19/2019 9:15:27 AM"The annual inflation rate in Ghana fell to 7.8 percent in August 2019, the lowest level since September 2013, from 9.4 percent in the previous month, and below the mid-point of Bank of Ghana's target range of 6-10 percent. Prices slowed for non-food products while picked up for food."GhanaInflation RateGhanaIR/ghana/inflation-cpi
28444SNB Holds Policy Rate at -0.75%9/19/2019 7:47:52 AM"The Swiss National Bank held the SNB policy rate at -0.75 percent during its September meeting, saying that the expansionary monetary policy continues to be necessary given the latest international developments and the inflation outlook. Policymakers agreed that the situation on the foreign exchange market is still fragile, while the Swiss franc remains highly valued."SwitzerlandInterest RateSZLTTR/switzerland/interest-rate
28441"BoJ Holds Rates, Signals More Easing in October"9/19/2019 4:31:47 AM"The Bank of Japan left its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1 percent at its September meeting, as widely expected, hours after the Federal Reserve lowered rates for the second time this year. Policymakers also kept the target for the 10-year Japanese government bond yield at around zero percent, but said they would review economic and price developments more thoroughly at the next policy meeting, heightening the chance of expanding stimulus as early as October."JapanInterest RateBOJDTR/japan/interest-rate
28437Fed Cuts Rates Despite Disagreement Among Policymakers9/18/2019 6:46:08 PM"The Federal Reserve lowered the target range for the federal funds rate to 1.75-2 percent on a 7-3 vote during its September meeting. It was the second rate cut this year, amid global growth concerns and muted inflation pressures."United StatesInterest RateFDTR/united-states/interest-rate
28435Ghana GDP Growth Slows to 1-Year Low in Q29/18/2019 2:38:13 PM"The economy of Ghana advanced 5.7 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2019, following a 6.7 percent growth in the previous period. It was the slowest expansion since the second quarter of 2018, amid sharp contraction in construction, water supply and electricity. Also, mining and financial services grew less."GhanaGdp Annual Growth RateGhanaGDPYoY/ghana/gdp-growth-annual
28434Russia Jobless Rate Falls to Record Low of 4.3%9/18/2019 1:25:06 PMRussian unemployment rate decreased to an all-time low of 4.3 percent in August of 2019 from 4.5 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 4.4 percent.RussiaUnemployment RateRUUER/russia/unemployment-rate
28433Canada Inflation Rate at 5-Month Low of 1.9%9/18/2019 1:20:26 PM"The annual inflation rate in Canada edged down to 1.9 percent in August 2019 from 2.0 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 2 percent. It was the lowest inflation rate since March, primarily due to lower gasoline prices."CanadaInflation RateCACPIYOY/canada/inflation-cpi
28432US Housing Starts Climb to 12-Year High9/18/2019 12:53:13 PM"US housing starts jumped 12.3 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,364 thousand units in August 2019, the highest level since June 2007 and compared to market expectations of 1,250 thousand. It is the highest number since June 2007 likely boosted by lower mortgage rates."United StatesHousing StartsUNITEDSTAHOUSTA/united-states/housing-starts
28431Italy Posts Biggest Trade Surplus in 3 Years9/18/2019 11:03:33 AM"Italy's trade surplus widened to EUR 7.631 billion in July 2019 from EUR 5.659 billion in the same month a year ago and beating market expectations of a EUR 4.71 billion surplus. This is the largest trade surplus since July 2016, as exports hit their highest ever monthly figure, boosted by shipments of pharmaceuticals and botanical articles. Imports grew much slower, as higher purchases of basic metals and transport equipment were partly offset by lower acquisitions of chemicals and refined petroleum products."ItalyBalance Of TradeITTRBSAT/italy/balance-of-trade