Turkey Leaves Rates Unchanged in October


Turkish central bank kept its benchmark one-week repo rate on hold at 7.5 percent on October 21st, as policymakers voiced concern about the uncertainty in domestic and global markets on inflation expectations and the volatility in energy and food prices. They also said that the tight liquidity stance will be maintained until there is a significant improvement in the inflation outlook.

The central bank kept the overnight lending rate at 10.75 percent; the overnight borrowing rate at 7.25 percent; and the primary dealers'overnight borrowing rate at 10.25 percent.

Statementby the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey:

Annual loan growth continues at reasonable rates in response to the tight monetary policy stance and macroprudential measures. The favorable developments in the terms of trade and the moderate course of consumer loans contribute to the improvement in the current account balance. External demand remained weak in the first half of the year, while domestic demand contributed to growth moderately. The composition of growth is expected to shift gradually towards net exports in upcoming periods with the support of rising demand from the European Union economies. The Committee assesses that the implementation of the announced structural reforms would contribute to the potential growth significantly.

Energy price developments affect inflation favorably, while exchange rate movements delay the improvement in the core indicators. Considering the impact of the uncertainty in domestic and global markets on inflation expectations and taking into account the volatility in energy and food prices, the Committee decided to maintain the tight liquidity stance as long as deemed necessary.

Future monetary policy decisions will be conditional on the inflation outlook. Taking into account inflation expectations, pricing behavior and the course of other factors affecting inflation, the tight monetary policy stance will be maintained.

Turkey Leaves Rates Unchanged in October


Central Bank of Turkey | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
10/21/2015 12:13:17 PM