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Information Notice

The Board of Directors’ Decision on the Bank of Russia Key Rate (Unofficial translation)

On 13 December 2013 the Bank of Russia Board of Directors decided to maintain the Bank of Russia key rate at 5.50 percent per annum.

The decision was based on the assessment of inflation risks and economic growth prospects.

The dynamics of the key macroeconomic indicators suggests that the pace of economic growth remains low. Production activity and investment demand remain subdued while producer confidence indicators have not been improving. Consumer demand supported by the real wage and retail lending growth remains a major driver of economic growth. According to the Bank of Russia estimates, gross output remains slightly below its potential. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate stays at a relatively low level.

In November and in early December, annual CPI inflation increased and as of 9 December 2013 was estimated at 6.5%, which exceeded the upper bound of the target range for the current year. The acceleration of inflation was mainly attributed to rise in prices of fruits and vegetables, which was unusual for this season, and of some animal products. In November the core inflation annual rate amounted to 5.6%. The absence of significant demand-side inflationary pressure in the context of gross output staying slightly below its potential is one of factors constraining rise in non-food prices in recent months. According to the Bank of Russia estimates, the factors affecting acceleration of price growth have short-term effect.

The Bank of Russia forecasts that inflation will resume the declining trend in the first half of 2014 and achieve the target in the second half of the year. The expected sluggish recovery of external demand and the subdued investment activity will constrain inflation dynamics. Nevertheless, the observed increase in inflation may affect economic agents’ expectations and, thus, poses inflation risks. Therefore, the downward trend in inflation expectations needs to be formed to ensure a way of achieving an inflation target in the medium term.

The Bank of Russia will continue to monitor the inflation risks and the downside risks to economic growth. The Bank of Russia will take into account the inflation targets and the inflation forecast, as well as economic growth prospects when making monetary policy decisions.

The next meeting of the Bank of Russia Board of Directors on monetary policy issues is planned to be held on 14 February 2014; the press-release on the Board of Directors’ decision is planned to be published at 13:30 Moscow time.

Interest rates on the Bank of Russia main operations1
(% p.a.)

Purpose Type of instrument Instrument Term Rate since
Liquidity provision Standing facilities (fixed rates) REPO;
Overnight loans;
Lombard loans;
Loans secured with gold;
Loans secured with non-marketable assets and guarantees;
FX swaps (rouble rate);
1 day 6.50
Open market operations (minimum interest rates) Loans secured with non-marketable assets, auctions 3 months 5.752
REPO auctions 1 week 5.50
(key rate)
Liquidity absorption Open market operations (maximum interest rates) Deposit auctions 1 week
Standing facilities (fixed rates) Deposit operations 1 day,
For reference:
Refinancing rate 8.25
1 For the information on the interest rates on all the Bank of Russia operations see table “Interest rates on the Bank of Russia operations”.
2 Floating interest rate linked to the level of the Bank of Russia key rate.

13 December 2013

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