Costa Rica: Monetary Policy Rate Falls to 3.25%

Arguing that the reduction would support the incipient economic recovery process shown by production indicators, the Central Bank decided to lower the Monetary Policy Rate for the sixth time this year.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The central banks of some advanced and emerging economies have relaxed their interest rates, which expands the space for a countercyclical monetary policy in Costa Rica, according to the Central Bank's analysis.

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From the Central Bank of Costa Rica press release:

San José, October 30, 2019. The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR), in session of October 30, 2019, agreed to reduce the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 50 basis points (p.b.), to place it at 3.25% annually, starting October 31, 2019. Additionally, a reduction of the gross interest rate of overnight deposits (DON) in 41 base points was determined, to establish it at 1.85% annually, also from October 31, 2019.

The adjustment of the TPM is made prospectively, based on the analysis of the expected evolution of inflation and its macroeconomic determinants, which includes an analysis of the international and domestic context.

In the external environment, the deceleration of trade flows and world growth prevails, largely as a result of the uncertainty associated with the trade tensions between the United States and China and the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. In this line, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been revising down its projections of world growth for 2019-2020, until taking them to 3.0% and 3.4%, respectively, in the October edition of the Economic Perspectives Report.



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