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The Board of Directors’ Decision on the Bank of Russia Interest Rates (Unofficial translation)

The Bank of Russia External and Public Relations Department informs that on 10 December 2012 the Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia decided to raise effective from 11 December 2012 the interest rates on the fixed-term deposit operations by 0.25 percentage points, reduce the interest rate on the rouble leg of the Bank of Russia FX swap transactions by 0.25 percentage points and maintain the refinancing rate and the interest rates on the other Bank of Russia operations unchanged (table “Interest rates on the Bank of Russia operations”).

The decision was supported by the assessment of inflation risks and economic growth prospects. Narrowing the spread between the interest rates on certain Bank of Russia liquidity providing and absorbing operations is neutral from the viewpoint of the current monetary policy stance. It should contribute to restraining money market rates volatility and strengthening of the interest rate channel of the monetary policy transmission mechanism.

In November the pace of inflation was unchanged at 6.5% over a year ago. Core inflation remained at 5.8%. In the recent months stabilization was observed in a wide range of consumer goods and services prices, while the growth of nonfood goods prices decelerated. Still, the pace of inflation remains above the target range, which may affect economic agents’ expectations and thus poses inflation risks. On the other hand, the September 2012 increase in the Bank of Russia interest rates is to some extent curbing inflation expectations. Moreover, any significant demand-pull price pressures are absent.

In the third quarter the pace of GDP growth declined to 2.9% over a year ago, reflecting some cooling in economic activity. The dynamics of the key macroeconomic indicators in October pointed to continuation of this trend with the growth of industrial production and retail sales subsiding. However, economic confidence indicators remain positive and labour market conditions together with credit expansion provide support to the domestic demand. According to the Bank of Russia estimates, the gross output remains close to its potential level.

The pace of bank lending growth is leveling off but remains relatively high, implying that the risks of a significant economic slowdown stemming from the tighter monetary conditions are minor.

Considering recent domestic and international macroeconomic developments the Bank of Russia judges that the current level of money market interest rates is appropriate for the near future. The Bank of Russia will continue to monitor inflation risks, including global food price dynamics, global economic developments and the consequences of the monetary conditions tightening for the Russian economy. In making monetary policy decisions the Bank of Russia will be guided by medium-term inflation goals and economic growth prospects, as well as the dynamics of inflation expectations.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia on monetary policy issues is planned to be held in the first half of January 2013.

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

Purpose Type of instrument Instrument Term Rate since 14.09.12 Rate since 11.12.12
Liquidity provision Standing facilities (fixed rates) Overnight loans 1 day 8.25 8.25
FX swaps (rouble rate) 1 day 6.75 6.50
Lombard loans, REPO 1 day, 1 week1 6.50 6.50
Lombard loans 30 days1 6.50 6.50
REPO 12 months1 8.00 8.00
Loans secured by gold Up to 90 days 7.00 7.00
From 91 to 180 days 7.50 7.50
From 181 to 365 days 8.00 8.00
Loans secured by non-marketable assets and guarantees Up to 90 days 7.25 7.25
From 91 to 180 days 7.75 7.75
From 181 to 365 days 8.25 8.25
Open market operations (minimum interest rates) REPO auctions 1 day 5.50 5.50
Lombard and REPO auctions 1 week 5.50 5.50
3 months 7.00 7.00
6 months1 7.50 7.50
12 months 8.00 8.00
Liquidity absorption Open market operations (maximum interest rates) Deposit auctions 1 week 5.00 5.00
1 month1 5.75 5.75
3 months1 6.75 6.75
Standing facilities (fixed rates) Deposit operations 1 day, 1 week1, 1 month, call 4.25 4.50
For reference:
Refinancing rate 8.25 8.25

1 Operations have been suspended.

10 December 2012

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