Mathematical finance

Central bank keeps key rate unchanged at 1.25 pct per annum

The Board of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) decided today to keep the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.25 pct per annum, the central bank said in a release. The monetary authority also decided to maintain the deposit facility rate at 0.75 pct per annum and the lending facility rate (Lombard) at 1.75 pct per annum.

Central banks should not rule out negative rates: IMF

Central banks around the world should not discard negative interest rates policies (NIRP) but instead keep them in their toolkit, even if using such policies is unlikely, the IMF suggested on March 3. 

"NIRP was and remains politically controversial, partly because it is often misunderstood," the global financial body stressed in a new report.