Chile Holds Interest Rate Unchanged for 7th Meeting

Chile’s central bank kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.50 percent on 14 December 2017, leaving the rate unchanged for the seventh straight meeting. The outcome matched consensus expectations, and leaves the interest rate at its lowest level since September of 2010. Policymakers underscored that the global outlook remained practically unchanged since the previous meeting. They also mentioned that investment remains subdued, mainly affected by construction activity. Chile's annual consumer price inflation was 1.9 percent in November 2017, unchanged from October.

Statement by the Central Bank of Chile:

On the external front, activity figures in the developed world continue to point to a synchronized recovery, although inflation rates that reamin low. Monetary policies have evolved as expected. In this context global financial conditions show no major changes. Commodity prices have evolved along dissimilar paths. The copper price, with ups and downs, is a little below its month-ago level. 

At home, in November the CPI rose 0.1%, keeping annual inflation at 1.9%. Meanwhile, the CPIEFE dropped 0.1% to 1.8% in annual terms. Inflation expectations stayed fairly unchanged. Activity and demand data for the beginning of the fourth quarter are in line with the Monetary Policy Report’s baseline scenario and continue to reflect the weak activity of non-mining industries and particularly of sectors relating to construction investment. Expectations of consumers and business are stable. The labor market continues to show dynamism of self-employment and weakness of salaried work. The peso and other financial variables have shown important movements in the last month.

Economic data made available after the December Report are consistent with the baseline scenario. However, the risks of a delay in the convergence of inflation associated to its current persistently low level are still present, so, if deemed necessary, the Board will promptly adjust the monetary impulse. Accordingly, it reiterates its commitment to conduct monetary policy with flexibility, so that projected inflation stands at 3% over the two-year horizon.

Chile Holds Interest Rate Unchanged for 7th Meeting

Mario |
12/14/2017 9:30:17 PM