Friday, 20 September 2019
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Thursday, 19 September 2019 18:28 WIB

In a widely expected decision, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee held the policy rate unchanged at 0.75% with a unanimous vote. The asset purchase facility remained steady at €435 billion as well. With the initial market reaction, the British pound weakened modestly and the GBP/USD pair was last seen trading at 1.2450, losing 0.15% on the day. Below are some key takeaways from the monetary policy statement, per Reuters. "Uk GDP growth of +0.2% in Q3 2019 (August Q3 forecast +0.3%)." "Staff forecast inflation will stay under 2% target for rest of 2019, due largely to base...

RBA releases quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy: Repeating the same dovishness
Friday, 9 August 2019 08:55 WIB | RBA

The Reserve Bank of Australia has released its quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy. This follows a recent hold in interest rates and a brief statement that indicated fairly modest changes compared to May.  "The RBA's œcentral scenario is for the Australian economy to grow by around 2½ per cent over 2019 and 2¾ per cent over 2020. Inflation is expected to take longer to return to target, œa little under 2 per cent over 2020 and a little above 2 per cent over 2021," analysts at Westpac explained. "The Australian economy has been navigating a period of slow growth, with...

RBA Leaves Key Rate at 1% as Seen by All 31 Economists Surveyed
Tuesday, 6 August 2019 11:45 WIB | RBA

Reserve Bank of Australia holds key interest rate at record low of 1%, after cutting benchmark at each of prior two monthly meetings. RBA Governor Philip Lowe says in statement Tuesday: œIt is reasonable to expect that an extended period of low interest rates will be required in Australia to make progress in reducing unemployment and achieve more assured progress towards the inflation target. The Board will continue to monitor developments in the labor market closely and ease monetary policy further if needed to support sustainable growth in the economy and the achievement of the...

Carney Defends Bank of England Smooth Brexit Assumption
Thursday, 1 August 2019 19:47 WIB | Mark Carney,

Mark Carney defended the Bank of Englands assumption in its latest economic forecasts that Britain will avoid a no-deal Brexit, saying its still the governments official position to reach an agreement with the European Union. Speaking to reporters after the central bank left interest rates unchanged, Carney said that while the bank has prepared the financial system for a no-deal Brexit, thats different than assuming it to be the most likely outcome. That position puts the governor at odds with investors who are increasingly pricing in the possibility that the U.K. will...

BOE Says Brexit Uncertainty Skews Forecasts, Keeps Rate on Hold
Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:26 WIB | BOE

The Bank of England said its less confident than usual about the outlook for the economy because of Brexit and offered little new insight into the impact of no deal. The comments are the first from the bank since Boris Johnson became prime minster on a mission to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without new trading arrangements in place. If theres no deal, the BOE merely noted again that the pound will fall, inflation will accelerate and growth will slow. In its new forecasts Thursday, it specifically excluded the possibility of no deal. It assumes a...

FOMC lowers federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 2% - 2.25% range as expected
Thursday, 1 August 2019 01:34 WIB | FOMC

Following its 2-day meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee announced that it lowered the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to the target range of 2% - 2.25% in a widely expected decision. Jerome Powell, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, is scheduled to deliver his comments on the monetary policy in a press conference at 18:30 GMT. With the initial reaction, the US Dollar Index gained traction and rose to its highest level since May 23 at 98.32. "In light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation...

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No-Deal Brexit Riskiest For Financial Stability: BoE's Carney
Monday, 25 February 2019 18:17 WIB

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Monday that the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union next month without a transition deal ranked as the riskiest Brexit scenario for the...

BOJ Maintains Key Interest Rates and Forward Guidance
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 10:06 WIB

Bank of Japan maintains 10-year JGB yield target at about zero percent after ending a two-day meeting on Tuesday. Keeps policy balance rate at -0.1%. Central bank leaves forward guidance and asset...