In line with the general trend in the Asian region, Indonesia's main stock index (IHSG) rose 0.63 percent to 4,633.11 on Friday (12/07). One of the sectoral indices that did not follow this trend was Indonesia's property sector, which fell 0.66 percent on Friday. Since early June (and in line with large capital outflows), Indonesian property shares have experienced a significant fall of about 20 percent. Moreover, Bank Indonesia's decision to raise its benchmark interest rate by 50 bps to 6.50 percent will most likely add downward pressure on the sector.
Research conducted by Mandiri Sekuritas indicates that, historically, property stocks are always vulnerable to a hike in Indonesia's benchmark interest rate. Vice versa, when the central bank lowers its key interest rate, property stocks tend to go up. The research also showed that higher down payments, introduced last year, have less of an impact on property stocks.