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  • Monetary Policy Week In Review - 17 March 2012
    The past week in monetary policy saw 13 central banks reviewing policy settings, with 3 banks changing rates; Vietnam -100bps to 14.00%, Mozambique -125bps to 13.75%, and Norway -25bps to 1.50%. Meanwhile those that held rates unchanged were: Japan 0-0.10%, Russia 8.00%, USA 0-0.25%, Hong Kong 0.50%, Sri Lanka 7.50%, India 8.50%, Switzerland 0-0.25%, Rwanda 7.00%, Chile 5.00%, and Mexico 4.50%. Japan also announced enhancements to its loan program, and Central Bank News launched a new central banking links list series.

    Looking at the central bank calendar, the week ahead features decisions from a number of emerging and frontier market economies; with the central banks of Thailand, Iceland, Nigeria, Egypt, Taiwan, and Colombia all meeting to review policy settings. Also due out next week is the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy meeting minutes, and the Bank of England's monetary policy committee meeting minutes. There's also speeches from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and ECB chairman Mario Draghi.


    Mar-21THBThailandBank of Thailand
    Mar-21ISKIcelandCentral Bank of Iceland


    Mar-21NGNNigeriaCentral Bank of Nigeria
    Mar-22EGPEgyptCentral Bank of Egypt


    Mar-22TWDTaiwanCentral Bank of Taiwan
    Mar-23COPColombiaCentral Bank of Colombia


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    Mar 17 4:34 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Monetary Policy Week In Review - 10 March 2012
    The past week in monetary policy and central banking saw just one central bank change interest rates, with Brazil cutting rates 75 basis points to 9.75%. Meanwhile those that held interest rates unchanged were: Australia 4.25%, Kenya 18.00%, Poland 4.50%, New Zealand 2.50%, EU 1.00%, UK 0.50%, Korea 3.25%, Serbia 9.50%, Peru 4.25%, Canada 1.00%, Malaysia 3.00%, and Indonesia 5.75%. The Reserve Bank of India also made headlines, cutting its Cash Reserve Ratio by 75 basis points to 4.75%.

    Looking at the central bank calendar, the main event next week is the US Federal Reserve's FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee), Wall Street will be watching the release closely for any signs of further Quantitative Easing e.g. "QE3" or even sterilized quantitative easing. The Bank of Japan meeting and Swiss National Bank meetings will also be worth watching.





    Mar-13JPYJapanBank of Japan
    Mar-13USDUnited StatesFederal Reserve
    Mar-14NOKNorwayNorges Bank
    Mar-15CHFSwitzerlandThe Swiss National Bank
    Mar-15INRIndiaReserve Bank of India

    Mar-16MXNMexicoBanco de Mexico


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    Mar 09 9:30 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Monetary Policy Week In Review - 25 February 2012
    The past week in monetary policy saw two central banks changing their main interest rates; Colombia +25bps to 5.25%, and Belarus -500bps to 38.00%, while two held their rates unchanged; Namibia at 6.00%, and Turkey at 5.75%. Turkey did however cut some of its other interest rates (see the update for details). Also making headlines was the People's Bank ofChina announcing a 50 basis point cut to the Required Reserve Ratio, an important move towards more growth focused policy settings.

    Looking at the central bank calendar, the week ahead features a handful of emerging/frontier market central bank meetings; with decisions due from Israel, Hungary, and the Philippines. The main event of the next week in central banking though will be the European Central Bank's second LTRO. Also of note is US Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, testifying before the House and Senate on Thursday and Friday.


    • ILS - Israel (Bank of Israel) expected to hold at 2.75%% on the 27th of Feb
    • HUF - Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank) expected to hold at 7.00% on the 28th of Feb
    • PHP - Philippines (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) expected to hold at 4.25%% on the 1st of March

    Also during the past week Central Bank News released data, extending back to January 2000, for the Global Monetary Policy Rate Index - Emerging Markets.


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    Feb 24 3:23 PM | Link | Comment!
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