Turkey’s Central Bank lowers interest rates 425 bps

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) on Thursday significantly cut its benchmark policy rate, the one-week repo rate, by 425 basis points from 24% to 19.75%.

The Central Bank of Turkey (CBRT) on Thursday lowered its one-week repo rate 425 basis points. 

The bank's policy rate -- also known as one-week repo rate -- fell to 19.75%, a steep down from 24%.

"Recently released data indicate a moderate recovery in the economic activity," the CBRT said.

The decision came in a statement from the bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting -- the fifth of eight meetings scheduled for 2019.

"Goods and services exports continue to display an upward trend despite the weakening in the global economic outlook, indicating improved competitiveness.

"In particular, strong tourism revenues support the economic activity through direct and indirect channel," the bank said.

In 2018, the bank held nine MPC meetings, as interest rates climbed from 8% to 24% over the course of the year.

Turkey’s Central Bank lowers interest rates 425 bps
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