At its 19 July meeting, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) left the one-week policy rate unchanged at 5.75%, as was expected by the market. The Central Bank also held the overnight borrowing rate steady at 5.00%, and left the overnight lending rate at 11.50% (11.00% for primary dealers). The Bank reiterated that the rebalancing process between external and domestic demand continues and therefore the current account balance is expected to continue to improve. According to the CBRT, domestic demand is displaying some improvement, in line with expectations, while exports continue to expand despite a weakening global outlook. Regarding price developments, the Central Bank warned that inflation will continue to stay above the Bank's target for some time, while adding that, given the prevailing uncertainties in the global economy, "it would be appropriate to preserve the flexibility of the monetary policy". Contrary to previous statements, however, the CBRT refrained from mentioning any need for additional monetary tightening, therefore adopting a less hawkish tone.
Turkey Monetary Policy
Central Bank remains on hold
August 1, 2012
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Turkey Monetary Policy Chart
Note: 1-week repo rate in %, from 25 May 2010 onwards. From January 2008 until 25 May 2010, data refer to overnight borrowing rate.
Source: Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT).
Turkey Economic News
October 21, 2016
The consumer confidence index, published by the Statistical Institute in cooperation with the Central Bank, decreased slightly from 74.3 in September to 74.0 in October.
October 20, 2016
At its 20 October monetary policy meeting, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) decided to keep the marginal funding rate unchanged at 8.25%.
October 13, 2016
The current account balance recorded a USD 1.8 billion deficit in August (July: USD 2.7 billion deficit).
October 10, 2016
In August, industrial production expanded a calendar-adjusted 2.2% compared to the same month last year.
October 3, 2016
The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), produced by the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ICI) and IHS Markit, increased slightly to 48.3 in September from August’s 47.0, which had marked a multi-year low.