Policy

The Daily Update - Central Bank policy meeting

Between today and next week we will hear from a number of central banks on their policy decisions. As we expected, this morning Sweden's Riksbank held rates at -0.5%. Although it highlighted its anaemic inflation concerns adding an upturn will need continued support by way of holding the current repo rate at -0.5%; six month longer than what was assumed in September. It also stated that ‘actions of other central banks’ will affect its ‘decision to extend purchases’ stating its willingness to extend its asset purchase programme in December. Away from inflation, there have been a few economic data prints which have surprised on the upside; unemployment fell in September and October’s consumer confidence read beat market expectations as a result of recent stronger economic growth. Although growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017 have been cut to 3.2% and 2.2% respectively.

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