CBR: Key Rate Drops to 6%

10 February 2020 (09:15)

UrBC, Moscow, February 10, 2020. The Russian Central Bank’s Board of Directors met on February 7 for the first time this year to look into the bank’s lending and monetary policy regulations; the BOD decided to bring the key rate by 25 bp, down to 6% p.a.

‘Inflation slowdown is overshooting the forecast. Households’ inflation expectations and price expectations of businesses remain stable overall. In 2019 H2, the growth rate of the Russian economy picked up. Risks of a substantial global economic slowdown persist. Disinflationary risks still exceed pro-inflationary risks over the short-term horizon. In this context, given the monetary policy stance, annual inflation will come in at 3.5–4.0% in 2020 and will remain close to 4% further on.

If the situation develops in line with the baseline forecast, the Bank of Russia holds open the prospect of further key rate reduction at its upcoming meetings. In its key rate decision-making, the Bank of Russia will take into account actual and expected inflation dynamics relative to the target and economic developments over the forecast horizon, as well as risks posed by domestic and external conditions and the reaction of financial markets,’ the CBR’s latest press release states.

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