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Turkey: Central Bank hikes interest rates

Turkey: Central Bank hikes interest rates
Bank raises 1-week repo rate -- its main policy rate -- from 10.25% to 15%, via which it will provide all funding

By Aysu Bicer

ANKARA (AA) - Turkey's Central Bank on Thursday increased its one-week repo rate -- also known as the bank's policy rate -- from 10.25% to 15%, tightening its monetary policy to ensure price stability.

The decision was announced in a statement following the bank's first policy meeting under its new governor, former Finance Minister Naci Agbal, who was appointed on Nov. 7.

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to provide all funding through the main policy rate, which is the one-week repo auction rate.

"In the periods ahead, all factors affecting inflation will be taken into account, and the tightness of monetary policy will be decisively sustained until a permanent fall in inflation is achieved," the bank said.

On Wednesday, Anadolu Agency's Finance Desk survey of 27 economists forecast a rise in interest rates, ranging between 200 and 550 basis points.

The survey also showed that economists' average year-end interest rate forecast was 15.25%, ranging from 13.75% to 16.25%.

Last month, the Central Bank kept its one-week repo rate -- also known as its policy rate -- steady at 10.25%.

In its eight meetings in 2019, the bank cut the rate by a total of 1,200 basis points, from 24%.

This year, the bank boosted the number of its MPC meetings to 12.

source: News Feed
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