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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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  • Bank Indonesia Raises Key Interest Rate in Unscheduled Meeting

    Bank Indonesia Raises Key Interest Rate in Unscheduled Meeting

    In line with expectations the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) raised its benchmark interest rate - the BI seven-day reverse repo rate - by 25 basis points to 4.75 percent in an unscheduled meeting on Wednesday (30/05). In combination with the scheduled monthly policy meeting on 16-17 May 2018, Bank Indonesia raised the benchmark interest rate by a total of 0.50 percent this month.

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  • Bank Indonesia Schedules Additional Meeting; New Rate Hike Expected

    Bank Indonesia Schedules Additional Meeting; New Rate Hike Expected

    Newly inaugurated Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo seemingly does not want to wait until the planned 27-28 June 2018 monthly monetary policy meeting to take action. Bank Indonesia announced that it scheduled an additional (ad hoc) policy meeting for Wednesday 30 May 2018. It is assumed that Bank Indonesia will raise its benchmark interest rate again by 25 basis points (to 4.75 percent) at this occasion in a bid to curtail capital outflows and defend the rupiah (which has been under heavy pressures in recent months).

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