Monetary policy

Turkey's annual inflation rate at 14.03% in November

Turkey posted a 14.03% annual hike in consumer prices in November, the country's statistical authority said on Dec. 3. 

Annual inflation rate rose 2.14 percentage points in November, up from 11.89% in October, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

The consumer price index saw a 2.30% monthly increase, it added.

Turkish Central Bank revises reserve requirements

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) on Nov. 27 revised its regulations on reserve requirements to improve the effectiveness of the monetary transmission mechanism in the country.

In line with its main objective of price stability through monetary tightening, the bank decided to simplify its reserve requirement regulations, it underlined in a written statement.

Central Bank reserves at $84.5 bln in October

The Turkish Central Bank's official reserve assets grew 6.1% month-on-month to reach $84.5 billion in October, according to data released on Nov. 27. 

Foreign currency reserves- in convertible foreign currencies- increased by 12.4% to hit $40.8 billion, according to the bank's international reserves and foreign currency liquidity report.

Survey forecasts no change in interest rates

Turkey's Central Bank is expected to keep interest rates unchanged next week, according to an Anadolu Agency survey on Aug. 14. 

The eighth monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting of this year will be held on Thursday (Aug. 20) to announce the bank's decision on interest rates.

A majority of 22 economists surveyed by Anadolu Agency forecast no change in interest rates.

Speed, path of Romania's economic recovery, uncertain, conditional on pandemic developments (BNR)

The speed and path of the economic recovery are uncertain, conditional on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated restrictive measures, as well as on the economy's response to fiscal and monetary stimuli, according to the minutes of a monetary policy meeting of the board of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) of August 5, 2020.

Greek EU-harmonized inflation stays negative in May

Greece's annual EU-harmonised inflation stayed negative in May at -0.7% year-on-year from -0.9% in April, statistics service ELSTAT data showed on Wednesday.

The data also showed headline consumer price inflation at -1.1% from -1.4% in the previous month.

Prices were led lower by housing and transport costs, telecommunications and consumer durables, the data showed.

Turkish Central Bank boosts swap auction limit

The Turkish Central Bank on May 22 boosted its lira swap sale limits from 40% to 50%, according to banking sources.

The bank increased the limit of the swap auctions in the Turkish Lira Swap Market for Foreign Exchange, as per a directive it sent to lenders.

Thus, the banks' flexibility in Turkish lira and foreign currency liquidity management will have further increased.

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