In a move to curb growing inflation, Brazil's Central Bank Wednesday decided to raise the basic interest rate by 0.75 percentage points, to 3.5% per year. It was the second time in a row that the monetary authorities responded to this type of measure.
Brazil's Economic Activity Index (IBC-Br), released by the Central Bank and believed to be an omen of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose 1.70% in February 2021, against January's figures, it was announced Monday.
Brazil's central bank on Wednesday announced a first interest rate hike since 2015, a surprising 75 basis point increase to 2.75% and anticipated a similar increase in May to fight inflation even as the economy struggles during the pandemic.
With public finances threatened, Brazil’s Real has suffered as investors adjust to changing liquidity conditions globally, but some of it has not been justified by economic fundamentals, central bank President Roberto Campos Neto said on Tuesday.
Brazil's statistics agency IBGE said on Tuesday the monthly rate of producer price inflation kicked off this year at its second highest, with prices rising across all 24 activities surveyed.
Brazil's Central Bank chief Roberto Campos Neto admitted on Thursday that the January interest fixing rate policy meeting release may have generated more confusion in financial markets, instead of more transparency in communications.
Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved the text of a bill granting the central bank autonomy, which will set fixed four-year terms for the bank's president and directors, and tighter rules on their exit from office.
Brazil's central bank weekly FOCUS survey of some 100 economists and financial institutions indicated that the outlook for inflation in the country rose for the fifth consecutive week, and is getting closer to the bank's target for the year.
Brazilian financial and market analysts upgraded their economic growth forecast for 2021, from 3.41% to 3.45%, and maintained the projection at 2.5% for 2022, the Central Bank of Brazil announced Monday.
The outlook for Brazilian interest rates over the next two years rose to their highest in several months, a central bank survey of economists showed on Monday, even as exchange rate and inflation expectations held steady.