South Africa Leaves Interest Rates at 8.25%, Rand Falls Rallies with Delayed Rate Cuts

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) kept its benchmark repo interest rate at 8.25% at its January 25th, 2024, meting as widely anticipated. Rates remain at their highest since 2009. The bank highlighted the persistence of inflation risks while emphasizing a balanced evaluation of risks to medium-term growth. The SARB noted that the return of inflation to the target has been slow, despite the expected gradual moderation. Headline inflation fell for a second month to 5.1% in December from 5.5% … Continue reading “South Africa Leaves Interest Rates at 8.25%, Rand Falls Rallies with Delayed Rate Cuts”

Central Bank of Turkey Raises Another 250 bps to 45%, Signaled End of Rate Hikes

The Central Bank of Turkey hiked by another 250bps from 42.5 percent to 45 percent as expected. It also signaled the end of rate hikes by stating “that the monetary tightness required to establish the disinflation course is achieved and that this level will be maintained as long as needed.” This was consistent with expectations this would be the final hike after the central bank said at its last decision in December that the goal was to “complete the tightening … Continue reading “Central Bank of Turkey Raises Another 250 bps to 45%, Signaled End of Rate Hikes”

Bank of Japan Maintains Status Quo, Core Inflation Forecasts Trimmed

The Bank of Japan at its January monetary policy meeting maintained existing policy as widely expected. The BoJ kept unchanged its -0.1% target for short-term interest rates, and 0% for the 10-year government bond yield unanimously. Previously the BoJ adjusted the settings by shifting the hard ceiling from 0.50% to 1.00% in the yield curve control band of +/- 0.50%. No change to core-core inflation forecasts, but core inflation forecasts were trimmed. Bank of Japan Governor Ueda’s press conference dis … Continue reading “Bank of Japan Maintains Status Quo, Core Inflation Forecasts Trimmed”

Iron Ore Prices Retrace 12% from Two Year Highs, Dragging Aussie Dollar Down

Iron ore prices have fallen over 12% from a two year high earlier this month over $US145 a tonne to $US127.5 on Tuesday. Prices had risen on expectations of healthy iron ore demand for winter restocking amongst growing optimism that Beijing’s latest round of stimulus to revive China’s troubled property market. China has continued to struggle; shipping has been impacted by the Red Sea attacks as a result commodity prices including iron ore have sold off. Commodity price sensitivity is … Continue reading “Iron Ore Prices Retrace 12% from Two Year Highs, Dragging Aussie Dollar Down”

Central Bank of Turkey Raises Rates By 250 bps to 42.50%, Up 35% since May

The Central Bank of Turkey hiked rates by another 250bps from 40 percent to 42.5 percent at its December meeting. The bank said headline inflation edged up in November and remains in line with the outlook presented in the most recent Inflation Report. The existing level of domestic demand, stickiness in services inflation, and geopolitical risks keep inflation pressures alive. The move follows a hike of 500bps at its November meeting. The move was its seventh big interest rate hike … Continue reading “Central Bank of Turkey Raises Rates By 250 bps to 42.50%, Up 35% since May”

Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda Leaves Options Open, Will Give No Preemptive Warnings

Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda was stoic in declaring the BOJ is to keep its options open at the follow up press briefing after the central bank’s two-day meeting. Perhaps in deference to the Fed and ECB telegraphing intentions he added that policymakers were unlikely to give an explicit warning of an impending rate hike. “There isn’t much likelihood of us suddenly announcing that we’ll raise rates a month in advance,” Ueda said. Earlier the Bank of Japan maintained … Continue reading “Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda Leaves Options Open, Will Give No Preemptive Warnings”

Bank of Japan Maintains Stance Leaves Negative Rates and YCC 1% Ceiling Rate Unchanged

The Bank of Japan at its December monetary policy meeting maintained existing policy as widely expected. The BoJ kept unchanged its -0.1% target for short-term interest rates, and 0% for the 10-year government bond yield unanimously. Previously the BoJ adjusted the settings by shifting the hard ceiling from 0.50% to 1.00% in the yield curve control band of +/- 0.50%. The yen weakened, a move higher for yen crosses. Japan’s currency fell as much as 1.3% to a one-week low … Continue reading “Bank of Japan Maintains Stance Leaves Negative Rates and YCC 1% Ceiling Rate Unchanged”

Russian Central Bank Hikes Interest Rate to 16% as Wartime Inflation Pressures Mount

Russia’s Central Bank (CBR) in a fight to arrest inflation and the fall of the plummeting Rouble hiked 100bps Friday morning to 16 percent, for the fifth consecutive time since summer to fight accelerating inflation. The Russian economy has been smashed but is said to be recovering on impacts from the invasion of Ukraine by scarcity and falling currency pushing up prices paid. The CBR has now raised its key rate by a cumulative 850 basis points since July, including … Continue reading “Russian Central Bank Hikes Interest Rate to 16% as Wartime Inflation Pressures Mount”

Yen Rallies After Japan’s 10-year Government Bond Yield Surges on BOJ’s Ueda Comments

Bank of Japan rate hike speculation fueled big moves in Japanese Government Bonds and the Japanese Yen this morning, the Nikkei Dow also fell 1.8% through the turmoil. Japan’s 10-year government bond yield surged above 0.75%, rebounding sharply from over three-month lows. The yen appreciated from about 147.3 to 144.7 USDJPY for a 1¾% gain. JGBs bear steepened with the 2s yield up about 4bps and 10s climbing 11bps. Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda before Parliament testified ambiguous guidance … Continue reading “Yen Rallies After Japan’s 10-year Government Bond Yield Surges on BOJ’s Ueda Comments”

Central Bank of Turkey Raises Rates By 500 bps to 40% with Inflation Stuck at Over 60%

The Central Bank of Turkey hiked by another 500bps, double the consensus, to a new one-week repo rate of 40% at its November meeting. The move was its sixth big interest rate hike in a row as inflation hit 61.36% last month. The weak lira responded minimally, gaining a little but underperforming against most EM crosses and several major ones. The currency response had much to do with the central bank indicating it would keep tightening but at a slower … Continue reading “Central Bank of Turkey Raises Rates By 500 bps to 40% with Inflation Stuck at Over 60%”