Chile Monetary Policy Unchanged in June

At its June 12th, 2014 meeting, Chile’ Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the benchmark interest rate at 4.0 percent for the third straight month.

Excerpt from the statement by the Central Bank of Chile:

Local economic indicators confirm the low dynamism of output and demand. The drop in investment was compounded by a slowdown in private consumption. Despite signs of less dynamism in the labor market, the unemployment rate remains low. May’s inflation was 4.7% annually. The y-o-y variation in core inflation measures and nominal wages picked up in the last month. Medium-term inflation expectations remain around 3% annually. The most likely scenario assumes that the rise in inflation - associated with the peso depreciation, among other factors - is a temporary development, which will be monitored with special attention.

The Board will consider the possibility of making additional cuts to the monetary policy rate in line with the evolution of domestic and external macroeconomic conditions and its implications on the inflationary outlook. At the same time, the Board reiterates its commitment to conduct monetary policy with flexibility, so that projected inflation stands at 3% over the policy horizon. 

Chile Monetary Policy Unchanged in June

Central Bank of Chile | Isabel Felino |
6/14/2014 12:25:07 AM