Turkey Leaves Rates Unchanged for 11th Straight Month

Turkish central bank kept its benchmark one-week repo rate on hold for the eleventh consecutive month at 7.5 percent at its first meeting of the year, saying that the tight liquidity stance will be maintained as long as deemed necessary to curb rising inflation rate. The move was expected by markets.
Central Bank of Turkey | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com 1/19/2016 12:21:37 PM
The central bank kept the overnight lending rate at 10.75 percent and the overnight borrowing rate at 7.25 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. Demand from the European Union economies continues to support exports, despite elevated geopolitical risks in other export markets. 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 other cost factors limit the improvement in the core indicators. Considering the wage developments and the impact of the uncertainty in global markets on inflation expectations and pricing behavior 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 also assessed the heightened global volatility since the beginning of the year and the January Inflation Report forecasts.

Turkey Leaves Rates Unchanged for 11th Straight Month