Turkey Holds Key Rate at 7.5%


Turkish central bank left its benchmark one-week repo rate unchanged at 7.5 percent on February 23rd meeting, as expected. The Committee said that the tight liquidity stance will be maintained, considering the wage developments and the impact of the uncertainty in global markets on inflation expectations and pricing behavior. Policymakers added that future decisions will be conditional on the inflation outlook.

The central bank kept the overnight lending rate at 10.75 percent and the overnight borrowing rate at 7.25 percent.

Statement by 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 at an increasing pace, 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.

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


Turkey Holds Key Rate at 7.5%


Central Bank of Turkey | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
2/23/2016 12:22:58 PM