• Monetary Policy: Bank Indonesia Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged in December

    Monetary Policy: Bank Indonesia Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged in December

    In line with expectations, the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) left its interest rates unchanged at the last monetary policy meeting of 2018 (held on 19-20 December 2018). The benchmark BI 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate was held at 6.00 percent, while the deposit facility and lending facility rates were kept at 5.25 percent and 6.75 percent, respectively.

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  • Number of IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange Reached 57 in 2018

    Number of IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange Reached 57 in 2018

    In 2018 a total of 57 companies made their trading debuts on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX). To see 57 Indonesian companies conducting their initial public offering (IPO) on the IDX within 12 months only is a remarkable achievement and a significant increase from 37 IPOs in 2017, and 14 in 2016. It is in fact the biggest number of IPOs for Indonesia since the year 1992. Moreover, big appetite for Indonesian companies to go-public in 2018 is particularly remarkable considering there was plenty of uncertainty lurking about in global and domestic markets.

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  • Government Blocks Illegal FinTech Websites & Apps in Indonesia

    Government Blocks Illegal FinTech Websites & Apps in Indonesia

    Fintech (short for financial technology) is a relatively new global industry that uses technology to improve various activities in the finance sector. For example, smartphones allow for easy mobile banking, while investing services or cryptocurrency are examples of technologies that aim at making financial services more accessible to the general public. Fintech startups have actually been booming rapidly in recent years, making traditional players (most notably: banks) somewhat nervous (and forcing these traditional players to apply new technology into their own business models).

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