Turkey Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged

Turkish central bank kept its benchmark one-week repo rate on hold at 7.5 percent at its December meeting, as policymakers said that the tight liquidity stance will be maintained as long as deemed necessary to contain rising consumer prices. Analysts were expecting the repo rate to rise.

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. The Committee indicated that, should the decline in volatility observed after the start of the global policy normalization persist, monetary policy simplification steps would begin with the next meeting.

Turkey Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged

Central Bank of Turkey | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
12/22/2015 12:25:26 PM