Chile Holds Key Rate Steady

The Central Bank of Chile left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.5 percent at its April 2016 meeting as widely expected, aiming to bring the inflation back to target of 3 percent.

Statement by the Central Bank of Chile:

International financial markets have been relatively calm, showing mixed movements during the
last month. In spite of this, risks remain. Long term interest rates of developed economies remain
low, forecasts for world growth do not show relevant changes and commodity prices had mixed
movements during this month.

On the domestic front, March CPI inflation was lower than expected and its annual change was
4,5%. It is expected to remain over 4% for some months. Inflation expectations two years out
remain at 3%. The evolution of these variables will continue to be monitored with special
attention. Available activity data was higher than expected, but are still broadly in line with the
baseline scenario of the Monetary Policy Report. Confidence indicators are still in pessimistic
territory. The annual growth rate of salaried employment and the unemployment rate showed no
major changes. The pace of annual wage growth decreased.

In line with the Monetary Policy Report released in March, the Board estimates that to ensure the
convergence of inflation to the target, monetary policy will need to continue with its
normalization, at a pace that will depend on incoming information and its implications on inflation
projections. The Board reiterates its commitment to conduct monetary policy with flexibility, so
that projected inflation stands at 3% over the policy horizon.

Chile Holds Key Rate Steady

Central Bank of Chile | Mojdeh Kazemi |
4/12/2016 11:34:20 PM