Federal Reserve governor Randall Kroszner said this week that the central bank was forced to cut its benchmark interest rate in September because earlier attempts to increase liquidity did not help enough.
With the US dollar operating in the Chilean Money exchange market below the 500 pesos benchmark, and still sliding, the Chilean Central Bank decision to leave the basic rate unchanged came as a relief.
The International Monetary Fund's chief economist said on Wednesday repercussions from recent market turmoil should be contained within advanced economies, with growth in emerging markets likely to remain broadly on track.
House prices are falling at their fastest rate for two years as buyers stay away from the market, new figures have shown.
A general agreement on global trade liberalization in the Doha round of talks is closer than most people think, said U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez Wednesday.
Current boom copper demand has catapulted the value of the metal to its highest price in more than 40 years. The Chilean Copper Commission reported that the average copper price through September this reached 3.27 US dollar per pound, highest average price since 1966, when the commodity averaged US$3.63 for the year.
Seven South American countries agreed to establish Banco del Sur, a regional development bank championed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in an effort to expand regional trade and growth with their own resources.
The US dollar continued on Tuesday its rapid erosion and closed at 498 Chilean pesos, its lowest value against the local currency since 1999. So far this year the Chilean peso has appreciated 6.41% against the US dollar compared to 3.95% for the twelve months of 2006.
Argentine Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said if elected president her administration would discard monetarist and neo-liberal solutions to combat any outbreak of inflation, which has become the main campaign issue of those opposing her husband President Nestor Kirchner.
The European Union may resort to a ban on Brazilian meat imports if the country does not improve food safety standards, the European Union's health chief said on Tuesday addressing members of the European Parliament.