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Riksbank considers rate hike amid currency concerns

EditorHari Govind
Published 20/11/2023, 00:14

STOCKHOLM - As central banks in the US, euro zone, and UK hit the brakes on interest rates, Sweden's Riksbank is contemplating a rate increase to counter the weakening Swedish krona. Under the guidance of Governor Erik Thedéen, the central bank is evaluating whether to raise rates to 4.25% or engage in asset sales as a signal of potential future hikes.

The decision comes at a critical juncture for Sweden's economy, which faces inflationary pressures partly due to the vulnerability of its currency. The Riksbank's consideration contrasts with the global trend of paused rate hikes and reflects the unique challenges faced by Sweden within the Group of 10 major currency jurisdictions.

In Norway, the Norges Bank is also considering an interest rate adjustment in December. This potential move is driven by recent consumer-price data that points to an acceleration of underlying inflation. Analysts from Nordea Bank Abp (OTC:NRDBY) have highlighted the weakness of the Norwegian krone and inflation trends as key factors that could compel the Norges Bank to tighten monetary policy.

Meanwhile, Iceland's central bank, Sedlabanki, is expected to maintain its benchmark interest rate at 9.25%, continuing its proactive stance that began with the advanced world's first post-pandemic rate hike in May 2021. This prediction is supported by forecasts from Landsbankinn and Islandsbanki.

Looking ahead, financial markets are poised for a slew of global economic indicators set to be released soon. These include central-bank minutes from various economies and purchasing manager indexes. Additionally, the UK is gearing up for an announcement regarding fiscal policy, which will further inform market expectations and economic forecasts.

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