Interest rate cut by the Central Bank – Breaking News

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) Monetary Policy Committee convened under the chairmanship of Central Bank Governor Şahap Kavcıoğlu.

At the meeting, where the markets turned their eyes, the one-week repo auction rate, which is the policy rate, was reduced from 13 percent to 12 percent.

In the press release of the bank regarding the meeting, it was noted that;

In the rise observed in inflation; The lagged and indirect effects of energy cost increases caused by geopolitical developments, the effects of pricing formations far from economic fundamentals, and strong negative supply shocks caused by increases in global energy, food and agricultural commodity prices continue to be influential. The Board foresees that the disinflationary process will begin with the re-establishment of the global peace environment, together with the steps taken and determinedly implemented to strengthen sustainable price stability and financial stability. However, leading indicators for the third quarter point out that the deceleration in economic activity continues due to the declining foreign demand.

In a period when uncertainties regarding global growth and geopolitical risks increase, it is important that financial conditions are supportive in terms of sustaining the acceleration in industrial production and the increasing trend in employment. In this context, the Board decided to decrease the policy rate by 100 basis points and evaluated that the updated policy rate is sufficient under the current outlook. In order to institutionalize price stability in a sustainable way, the CBRT continues to review a comprehensive policy framework that encourages permanent and strengthened liraization in all policy instruments. Credit, collateral and liquidity policy steps, whose evaluation processes have been completed, will continue to be used to strengthen the effectiveness of the monetary policy transmission mechanism.

In line with its main objective of price stability, the CBRT will resolutely continue to use all the tools at its disposal within the framework of the liraization strategy, until strong indicators pointing to a permanent decline in inflation emerge and the medium-term 5 percent target is achieved. The stability to be achieved in the general level of prices will positively affect macroeconomic stability and financial stability through the decrease in country risk premiums, the continuation of reverse currency substitution and the upward trend in foreign exchange reserves, and the permanent decline in financing costs. Thus, a suitable ground will be created for the continuation of investment, production and employment growth in a healthy and sustainable way. The Board will continue to take its decisions in a transparent, predictable and data-oriented framework.


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