Chile: Central Bank stays put in July
July 14, 2011
At its latest monetary policy meeting on 14 July, the Central Bank left the policy rate unchanged at 5.25%, in a move that matched market expectations. The decision marked the first pause in six months, as reduced inflationary pressures and declining expectations gave the necessary room for a halt in the tightening cycle. Nevertheless, the Central Bank reiterated that it will continue to lift interest rates over the coming months, although the pace of increase will depend on inflationary expectations. The next policy meeting is scheduled for 18 August.