Turkey: Central Bank maintains key rates
May 20, 2015
At its 20 May monetary policy meeting, the Central Bank (CBRT) decided to keep the one-week repo rate unchanged at 7.50%. The decision was in line with market expectations. The Bank also decided to maintain the borrowing rate at 7.25%, the marginal funding rate at 10.75%, and the interest rate on borrowing facilities provided for primary dealers at 10.25%.
Similar to the last statement, the CBRT pointed out that loan growth remains at reasonable levels amidst a backdrop of tight monetary policy and macroprudential measures. The Bank added that although external demand is still weak, domestic demand is (contributing to moderate)? supporting? growth. Regarding the external sector, the Bank restated that favorable terms of trade and the moderate path of consumer loans continued to the improvement in the current account balance. In addition, the Bank stated that the implementation of structural reforms will support potential economic growth notably.
Regarding consumer price developments, the Central Bank underscored that the current monetary policy stance, fiscal and macroprudential policies are having a desirable effect on inflationary pressures. However, the Bank pointed out that volatility in the exchange rate has constrained the improvement, making it necessary to maintain the current monetary policy stance. Against this backdrop, the CBRT decided to keep interest rates unchanged.
Looking forward, the Bank commented that, “future monetary policy decisions will be conditional on the improvements in the inflation outlook.” Moreover, the Bank reaffirmed its tight monetary policy stance by, “keeping a flat yield curve, until there is a significant improvement in the inflation outlook.” The next monetary policy meeting is scheduled for 23 June.