The Uruguayan central bank following the meeting of its Copom, Monetary Policy Committee, decided last week to raise the basic monetary policy rate from 4,5% to 5%, in line with what has been happening in other central banks in the region.
The Uruguayan Central bank in its second-quarter Monetary Policy report forecasted a 3,5% expansion for the country's economy, the same as the estimate of the Finance ministry, but anticipated higher inflation because of an increase in public rates and commodities.
The Uruguayan central bank is waiting for stronger signals of economic recovery before altering the current monetary policy, according to a release from the Monetary Policy Committee, Copom. In its third 2021 meeting, at the end of June, it ratified the current reference interest rate of 4,5% and anticipated it will wait for improved indicators from the pandemic battered economy.
Uruguay's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell 2.8% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period of 2020, according to a Central Bank (BCU) report released Wednesday.
Uruguay has managed to keep inflation at 6.8%, which is within the government's target range for the first time in 36 months, it was announced Wednesday.
Uruguay's Central Bank Friday released its report for the first quarter of 2021 which highlighted the entity's concern regarding “three relevant risks” in a growth scenario of just 3.5% this year.
Uruguay raised US$ 2 billion from a dual-currency debt deal on Wednesday, issuing UYU47.1 billion (US$ 1.12 billion) in new inflation-linked, 20-year notes and adding US$ 400 million to its 4.375% 2031 bonds, plus a rescheduling of US$ 500 million in 2027, 2028 and 2030 Indexed Units.
The Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU) released the report of the country's quarterly economic situation, which reports that the Uruguayan economy grew by only 0.1% year-on-year and 0.3% in the second quarter of the year, compared to the first three months of the year, when it registered a 0.1% drop.
Moody's has lowered its outlook on Uruguay's (Baa2 negative) banking system to negative from stable on the expectation that asset risks will rise moderately as challenging economic conditions weigh on consumers and businesses alike, and profitability will decline.
Uruguay's central bank was forced to sell almost 65 million dollars on Tuesday, the highest volume so far this year, to keep the US dollar from ballooning as fears of the collapse of the Brazilian economy are felt through the region. The dollar finally ended trading with a slight 0.12% increase at 28,826 Pesos to the greenback.