Chile's Central Bank Council agreed unanimously Tuesday to lower the basic interest rate from 10.25 to 9.5% given the reduction in global inflation, it was reported in Santiago.
According to the Chilean Central Bank's new projections, the South American country's economy will grow less than expected this year, it was reported Tuesday in Santiago.
Chile's monthly economic activity indicator, Imacec, contracted in March 2,1% compared to the same month in 2022, according to the latest report from the country's Central Bank. The indicator is located in the pessimist area of analysts' expectations who were anticipating a drop of minus 1,7% to minus 2%, following the latest reports of industrial production and commerce activity during March. This is also the second-month running contraction and the largest fall since last November when the Chilean economy collapsed minus 3,3%.
Chile’s annual inflation eased to 12,3% in January, but consumer prices rose well above forecast in the first month of 2023 January as the costs of food and beverages jumped, strengthening the central bank’s argument that it’s still too early to consider cuts to borrowing costs.
Chile's Central Bank Wednesday announced an increase of 50 basis points to the Monetary Policy Rate (TPM) which has been now set at 11.25% in a unanimous decision by the Board aimed at tackling inflation.
Inflation in Chile reached 0,9% in June, 7,1% in the first half of the year and 12,5% in the last twelve months, which is the highest since 28 years, in June 1994.
Private estimates fell short in Chile on Thursday when the Central Bank monetary policy desk announced an increase in the base rate of 125 points, to 8,25%, the highest since September 2008 in an effort to contain the strong sustained inflation. According to the bank's chair, Rosanna Costa the monetary policy desk decision was unanimous.
For a month that began under one president and finished under the new one, Chile's inflation for March of 2022 reached 1.9%, slightly above market projections of up to 1.4%.
Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, in Chile during the twelve months of 2021 reached US$ 16,782 billion, the best amount since 2015, according to the Central bank which added it represented a 95% increase over 2020. Overall it was 62% higher than the average of the last five years, and 16% above the 2003/2021 average.
The Chilean central bank hiked its reference rate from 4% to 5,5% to contain inflation which last year reached 7,2%, the highest in fourteen years. The Monetary Policy council of the bank on Wednesday agreed unanimously to increase the reference rate by 150 base points, according to the official release.