Turkey Hikes Policy Rate to 24%

The Central Bank of Turkey raised its benchmark interest rate by 625 bps to 24 percent on September 13th 2018, surprising markets who expected a hike of 425 bps. The move pushed the borrowing costs to the highest since 2004 and was aimed to support the economy and falling currency.

Statement by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey:

Recently released data indicate a more significant rebalancing trend in the economic activity. External demand maintains its strength, while slowdown in domestic demand accelerates.

Recent developments regarding the inflation outlook point to significant risks to price stability. Price increases have shown a generalized pattern across subsectors, reflecting the movements in exchange rates. Deterioration in the pricing behavior continues to pose upside risks on the inflation outlook, despite weaker domestic demand conditions. Accordingly, the Committee has decided to implement a strong monetary tightening to support price stability.

The Central Bank will continue to use all available instruments in pursuit of the price stability objective. Tight stance in monetary policy will be maintained decisively until inflation outlook displays a significant improvement. Inflation expectations, pricing behavior, lagged impact of recent monetary policy decisions, contribution of fiscal policy to rebalancing process, and other factors affecting inflation will be closely monitored and, if needed, further monetary tightening will be delivered.

Turkey Hikes Policy Rate to 24%

Central Bank of Turkey | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
9/13/2018 11:33:31 AM