Turkey’s central bank held interest rates unchanged at 14% for a second meeting on Thursday, in line with the market expectations.
The lender in 2021 has followed a period of aggressive rate cuts with a total of 500 basis points since September but paused the easing cycle in January.
Amid a high loss in national currency value, the central bank has also introduced incentives for a Turkish lira-protected saving scheme to stabilize the currency
Selva Bahar Baziki, Turkey and Sweden Economist for Bloomberg Economics who told Bloomberg that they did not expect a rate hike, said: “We expect to see the CBRT put a higher reliance on alternative policy instruments, such as reserve requirements and rediscount credits for exporting sectors, as the main policy tool remains unchanged.”
Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati, meanwhile, predicted that inflation, which is currently putting high pressure on households, will gradually slow this year.