Philippines Leaves Rates on Hold, Raises Bank Reserve Requirements

At its March 27th, 2014 meeting, Philippines' Central Bank decided to leave the key policy rate steady at 3.50 percent, but raised banks' reserve requirements by 1 percentage point effective on April 4th, 2014 to curb excess liquidity.

Statement by the Bankgo Sentral NG Pilipinas:

In deciding to maintain policy rates, the Monetary Board noted that the future inflation path is likely to stay within the target ranges of 4±1 percent for 2014 and 3±1 percent for 2015. Inflation expectations also remain broadly aligned with the target over the policy horizon. At the same time, the Monetary Board noted that the balance of risks to the inflation outlook continues to be skewed to the upside, with potential price pressures emanating from pending petitions for adjustments in utility rates and from the possible increases in food and oil prices.

The Monetary Board’s decision to raise the reserve requirement is intended to guard against potential risks to financial stability that could arise from continued strong liquidity growth and rapid credit expansion.

The Monetary Board concluded that buoyant domestic growth prospects allow some scope for a measured adjustment in the BSP’s policy instruments amid the ongoing normalization of monetary policy overseas. Going forward, the BSP will continue to monitor emerging price and output conditions and will consider further adjustments in its monetary policy tools as necessary to safeguard price and financial stability. 

Philippines Leaves Rates on Hold, Raises Bank Reserve Requirements

Bankgo Sentral NG Pilipinas | Joana Taborda |
3/27/2014 9:17:09 AM