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  • Monetary Policy: Bank Indonesia Raises Key Interest Rate to 5.75%

    Monetary Policy: Bank Indonesia Raises Key Interest Rate to 5.75%

    The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) raised its benchmark interest rate (the seven-day reverse repo rate) by 25 basis points (bps) to 5.75 percent at the two-day policy meeting that was concluded on Thursday (26-27 September 2018). Also the deposit facility and lending facility rates were raised by 25 bps to 5.00 percent and 6.50 percent, respectively.

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  • Bank Indonesia Raises Key Interest Rate to 5.50% at August Meeting

    Bank Indonesia Raises Key Interest Rate to 5.50% at August Meeting

    The central bank of Indonesia raised its benchmark interest rate (the seven-day reverse repo rate) by 25 basis points (bps) to 5.50 percent at the August 2018 policy meeting. The decision was in line with our expectations as heavy pressures have been affecting the rupiah after the collapse of the Turkish lira.

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  • Bank Indonesia Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged in July 2018

    Bank Indonesia Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged in July 2018

    In line with expectations the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) kept its benchmark interest rate (the 7-day Reverse Repo Rate) at 5.25 percent at the two-day July policy meeting (concluded on Thursday 19 July 2018). Meanwhile, the deposit facility and lending facility rates were kept at 4.50 percent and 6.00 percent, respectively.

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  • Currency of Indonesia: Rupiah Finding a New Equilibrium Rate?

    Currency of Indonesia: Rupiah Finding a New Equilibrium Rate?

    The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) hiked its benchmark interest rate three times over the past six weeks - by a total of 1.00 percent to take the benchmark to the level of 5.25 percent - in order to defend the rupiah. Last Friday (27/06) Bank Indonesia surprised part of the market by implementing a 0.50 percent rate hike. As a result, the rupiah strengthened markedly. However, its impact on the rupiah performance seems very temporary. This week the rupiah is again depreciating, hovering around the IDR 14,400 per US dollar level.

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  • Manufacturing Activity Indonesia Expands at Slower Rate in June

    Manufacturing Activity Indonesia Expands at Slower Rate in June 2018

    Indonesia's manufacturing activity continued to expand in June 2018 albeit at a lower level compared to the preceding month. The Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) declined from a reading of 51.7 in May to 50.3 in June (slightly above the 50.0 level that separates expansion from contraction in the manufacturing sector). Slower rises in both output and new orders were key reasons that explain the month-on-month decline.

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  • Bank Indonesia Raises Key Interest Rate by 50 bps to 5.25%

    Bank Indonesia Raises Key Interest Rate by 50 bps to 5.25%

    As we had predicted this morning, Bank Indonesia decided to raise its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points (bps) to 5.25 percent at the two-day June policy meeting that was concluded earlier today. Presumably markets had been expecting a 25 bps rate hike (therefore being priced in already) and therefore the central bank of Indonesia possibly felt it had to take a more aggressive approach to defend the Indonesian rupiah that had weakened beyond the IDR 14,400 per US dollar level.

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  • Market Participants Await Bank Indonesia's Policy Decision

    Market Participants Await Bank Indonesia's Policy Decision

    The Indonesian rupiah continues to slide on Friday (29/06) and is now hovering around the IDR 14,400 per US dollar level. The weak rupiah reaffirms analysts' expectations of seeing another interest rate hike. Today, the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) will conclude its June policy meeting. But perhaps the crucial question is not "will Bank Indonesia raise its benchmark rate?" Possibly the more crucial questions are "by how much will it raise its rate?" and "what other policies will it implement to strengthen rupiah stability as well as financial stability?"

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  • Bank Indonesia Delays June Monthly Policy Meeting by One Day

    Bank Indonesia Delays June Monthly Policy Meeting by One Day

    Earlier this week, Wednesday 27 June 2018 was declared a public national holiday by the Indonesian government through Presidential Decision No. 48/2018. Reason being the local elections that are held in 171 regions across Indonesia. A free day would provide more opportunities for workers to cast their vote. Earlier, the Indonesia Stock Exchange had already confirmed that it would operate as usual on this regional election day.

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  • World Bank Releases June 2018 Indonesia Economic Quarterly

    World Bank Releases June 2018 Indonesia Economic Quarterly

    In the World Bank's latest Indonesia Economic Quarterly (June 2018 edition) there are plenty of positive words about the Indonesian economy, such as robust economic growth, low inflation, rising investment, growing government spending, and prudent monetary policy. However, the World Bank also detects some "substantial and mostly external" risks that lurk about. Below is the summary of the World Bank's latest Indonesia Economic Quarterly, entitled "Learning More, Growing Faster".

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Latest Columns Monetary Policy

  • Keynote Speech of Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati

    Keynote Speech of Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati

    At the annual “Fitch Ratings Indonesia Credit Briefing”, which was organized on 20 March 2019 in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was invited to present her keynote speech. This year's theme of Fitch Ratings’ annual event in Jakarta was "The Election, Macro-Economy and Credit Market", and therefore Sri Mulyani’s speech focused on two topics: (1) the elections and (2) the economy.

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  • Monetary Policy Indonesia: the Need for Hawkish Statements Reduces

    Monetary Policy Indonesia: the Need for Hawkish Statements Reduces

    In line with expectations, the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) kept its benchmark BI 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate at 6.00 percent at the February policy meeting that was held on 20-21 February 2019. Also the deposit facility and lending facility rates were kept at 5.25 percent and 6.75 percent, respectively.

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  • 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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  • Bank Indonesia Kept 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate at 5.25%; Analysis

    Bank Indonesia Kept 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate at 5.25%; Analysis

    Bank Indonesia decided to hold the BI 7-day Reverse Repo Rate at 5.25 percent during the July 2018 monthly policy meeting. It also maintained the deposit facility and lending facility rates at 4.50 percent and 6.00 percent, respectively. Bank Indonesia believes the rates are consistent with its efforts to maintain domestic financial market attractiveness against a backdrop of pervasive uncertainty on global financial markets.

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  • CEOs' Optimism about Indonesian Economy & Politics Falls Slightly

    CEOs' Optimism about Indonesian Economy & Politics Falls Slightly

    Chief executive officers (CEOs) in Indonesia have become slightly less optimistic about the Indonesian economy and politics. This makes sense considering the presence of simmering global trade tensions, sharp rupiah depreciation against the US dollar, and Bank Indonesia's recent series of interest rate hikes.

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  • Analysis: Bank Indonesia Opts for Monetary Tightening to Offset Pressures

    Analysis: Bank Indonesia Opts for Monetary Tightening to Offset Pressures

    For the first time in four years Bank Indonesia opted for monetary tightening by raising the benchmark interest rate (the 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate) by 25 basis points (bps) to 4.50 percent. Also the deposit facility and lending facility rates were raised by 25 bps to 3.75 percent and 5.25 percent, respectively (effective per 18 May 2018). This latest move is part of Bank Indonesia's efforts to maintain economic stability amid the high degree of uncertainty in global financial markets.

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  • Bank Indonesia Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged in April 2018

    Bank Indonesia Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged in April 2018

    Bank Indonesia, the central bank of Indonesia, decided to leave interest rates unchanged at the April policy meeting (18-19 April 2018). The benchmark interest rate (the 7-day Reverse Repo Rate) was kept at 4.25 percent for the seventh straight month. Meanwhile, the deposit facility and lending facility rates were maintained at 3.50 percent and 5.00 percent, respectively. Dody Budi Waluyo, who was inaugurated as Deputy Governor on Wednesday (18/04), said an interest rate hike would be counterproductive to the nation's economic growth.

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  • R&I Upgrades Indonesia's Sovereign Credit Rating to BBB (Stable)

    R&I Upgrades Indonesia's Sovereign Credit Rating to BBB (Stable)

    Rating and Investment Information, Inc (R&I), a Japan-based provider of credit ratings, investment appraisal and information services, announced that it has upgraded Indonesia's sovereign credit rating from BBB- (positive outlook) to BBB (stable outlook) per 7 March 2018. Last December, Fitch Ratings had already upgraded Indonesia's long-term foreign- and local-currency issuer default ratings to BBB (stable outlook), from BBB- previously.

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  • Bank Indonesia Holds Rates; Sees Stable Economy & Recovery

    Bank Indonesia Holds Rates; Sees Stable Economy & Recovery

    The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) kept its benchmark interest rate - the BI 7-day Reverse Repo Rate - at 4.25 percent at the February Board of Governor's Meeting (14-15 February 2018). Meanwhile, it maintained the deposit facility and lending facility rates at 3.50 percent and 5.00 percent, respectively (effective per 19 February 2018).

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