Bank of Russia Cuts Key Rate to 7% A Year

UrBC, Moscow, September 9, 2019. The Bank of Russia’s Board of Directors cut the key rate by 25 bp to 7% p.a., the CBR’s website states.

‘Inflation slowdown is continuing. At the same time, inflation expectations remain elevated. The Russian economy’s growth rate is still coming in lower than the Bank of Russia’s expectations. Risks of a global economic slowdown have increased. Risks of inflation accelerating or slowing down by the year-end are balanced. In these circumstances and taking actual inflation dynamics into account, the Bank of Russia has lowered its end-of-year annual inflation forecast for 2019 from 4.2-4.7% to 4.0-4.5%. Moving on, according to the Bank of Russia’s forecast and taking into account the monetary policy stance, annual inflation will remain close to 4%,’ the bank’s latest press release says.

The bank’s next key rate-related BOD meeting has been scheduled for October 25, 2019.


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