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Israel: interest rate lift-off with a 25bp hike

The Bank of Israel kick-started its tightening cycle today with a 25bp interest rate hike to 0.35% and we think it will deliver further hikes at its upcoming meetings, taking rates to around 2.00% in the first half of next year. This is currently more hawkish than investors are expecting.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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Russia’s month-on-month deflation deepened in July as consumer prices fell by a larger-than-expected 0.4% m/m (in y/y terms, the headline rate eased to 15.1%). The disinflationary impact of the strong ruble is likely to fade but with consumer demand so weak we think the headline inflation rate will fall towards 12% y/y by year-end. We think this will prompt a further 100bp of rate cuts, to 7.00%, later this year. Emerging Europe Drop-In (11th Aug): We’re expecting downturns in Central and Eastern Europe, but how bad could it get? Join this 20-minute briefing on our Q3 Outlook report, including the latest on Turkey, Russia and whether Hungary’s forint has further to fall. Register now.

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EU funds will provide a key boost to economies in Central and Eastern Europe in the coming years as the region navigates a challenging macro environment and slowing global growth. Disputes with the European Commission over the rule of law in Hungary and Poland look close to being resolved, but the risk of funds being halted indefinitely remains high and would weigh heavily on growth in both countries. Emerging Europe Drop-In (11th Aug): We’re expecting downturns in Central and Eastern Europe, but how bad could it get? Join this 20-minute briefing on our Q3 Outlook report, including the latest on Turkey, Russia and whether Hungary’s forint has further to fall. Register now.

10 August 2022

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Rate hikes nearing an end, CBR’s reform ambitions

The Czech central bank’s decision to keep its policy rate on hold this week, while Romania’s hiked rates, is representative of a growing divergence between central banks in the region. We think Poland’s central bank will be the next to end its tightening cycle, while those in Romania and Hungary will remain hawkish for a few months yet. Elsewhere, Russia’s central bank set out a number of potential measures intended to help the financial system, which show that policymakers are seeking to live with Western sanctions for the long haul.
Emerging Europe Drop-In (11th Aug): We’re expecting downturns in Central and Eastern Europe, but how bad could it get? Join this 20-minute briefing on our Q3 Outlook report, including the latest on Turkey, Russia and whether Hungary’s forint has further to fall. Register now.

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The 7.6% m/m rise in consumer prices in Russia in March was the highest monthly increase since the 1990s. It pushed the headline inflation rate up to 16.7% y/y and we think it will rise towards 23% y/y in the coming months. But with m/m price dynamics set to stabilise from this month, the central bank will follow up today’s 300bp interest rate cut with further easing in the coming months.

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Early evidence of a hard hit to Russia’s economy

Timely indicators suggest that Russian manufacturing contracted by around 20% y/y in March and that consumer spending fell by 10% y/y at the start of April. Russia’s economic downturn looks set to deepen in the coming months as the effects of sanctions, surging inflation and tighter credit conditions bite. Emerging Markets Drop-In (7th April, 10:00 EDT/15:00 BST): Join us on Thursday for our next monthly Emerging Markets briefing where our economists will discuss how the Ukraine war’s spillovers are helping and hurting EMs, and the impact of global central bank tightening. Register here

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NBP steps up its fight against inflation

The National Bank of Poland (NBP) unexpectedly delivered its largest interest rate hike in 22 years today (100bp, to 4.50%) to get on top of the deteriorating inflation outlook and we think there’s little argument against further hikes to come. We now expect rates to reach 6.75% this year (previously 5.75%).

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