Philippines central bank likely to hold interest rates

Published: April 20, 2018 11:20:12 | Updated: April 22, 2018 12:16:38

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of Philippines, said that authorities may hold off adjusting interest rates for the rest of the year if the next inflation outlook is within target.

The central bank deputy governor said on Friday that the Philippines’ monetary policy will remain data-driven, reports Reuters.

“Monetary policy remains data-dependent, anything can change between now and the next monetary board meeting,” Diwa Guinigundo told a media briefing.

Guinigundo said if the central bank’s next inflation outlook, to be released in May, falls within its 2-4 per cent target, “I think the likelihood of keeping the policy rates throughout the year will be higher.”

The central bank holds its next policy meeting on May 10.

Some economists say policymakers could hike interest rates for the first time in more than three years after inflation accelerated to a five-year high last month.

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