Brazil's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate for the 11th straight time on Wednesday, bringing the Selic rate to 13,75%, in an attempt to contain inflation in Latin America’s biggest economy.
Brazil's Central Bank (BCB) Monetary Policy Committee (Copom) decided once again Wednesday to increase the basic Selic interest rate from 6.25% to 7.75% annually, in what turned out to be the sharpest rise since December 2002, it was announced.
As expected the Brazilian central bank on Wednesday increased a whole percentage point of its basic Selic interest rate to 6,25%, the fifth in a row and the highest in two years. The Monetary Policy Committee, Copon unanimously voted for the increase in an attempt to contain inflation.
The Brazil Central bank rate setting committee, Copom, unanimously decided on Wednesday to maintain the Selic rate at 2.00% for the fourth time running, but anticipating that inflation expectations for the next two years have risen and uncertainty surrounds the Brazilian economy in the short term.
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.
Brazil's central bank cut its key Selic lending rate to a record low on Wednesday and left the door open for more cuts, as the outlook for inflation remains below target amid the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.
The Brazilian Real and Mexican peso have both rebounded strongly in recent weeks, but their rallies are starting to diverge with the peso running out of steam and the Real gaining momentum.
Economists lowered their forecasts for where Brazil’s benchmark Selic interest rate will be at the end of 2019, a weekly central bank survey showed on Monday, after policymakers cut rates more aggressively than most expected to a record low last week.
Brazil's financial market has cut its forecast of the country's inflation rate from 3.94 to 3.87 percent for 2019 and kept the rate at 4% for 2020, the Central Bank of Brazil reported. According to the Focus survey conducted by the bank among Brazil's main financial institutions, the forecasts are within the official target of 4.25 percent, with a tolerance margin between 2.75 percent and 5.75 percent.
Brazilian Central Bank President Ilan Goldfajn said that Latin America's largest economy remains weak though it is on course to show modest growth next year. In an interview with a São Paulo radio station, he said Brazil may achieve growth of 2% in 2018 if the economy continues expanding at its current pace.