Turkey Keeps Rates Steady in November


Turkish central bank letf its benchmark one-week repo rate on hold at 7.5 percent at its first meeting since November 1st election, as policymakers showed concerns about uncertainty regarding the strength of the global economy and about volatility in energy and food prices. They bank also said it would keep tight liquidity stance as long as necessary.

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. The composition of growth has shifted towards net exports 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 cumulative exchange rate movements delay the improvement in the core indicators. Considering the impact of the uncertainty in global markets on inflation expectations and taking into account the volatility in energy and unprocessed food prices, the Committee stated that the tight liquidity stance will be maintained 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. 

It should be emphasized that any new data or information may lead the Committee to revise its stance. 

Turkey Keeps Rates Steady in November


Central Bank of Turkey | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
11/24/2015 12:18:03 PM