Decision was in line with median of market expectations and signaled in the previous meeting
Central Bank’s building in Brasília — Foto: Jorge William/Agência O Globo
The Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (Copom) decided to maintain the key interest rate Selic at 13.75% per year on Wednesday, as signaled at the previous meeting in September. The decision was unanimous.
The decision was in line with the median of market expectations. According to a survey conducted by Valor, all 108 financial institutions consulted expected the interest rate to remain at 13.75% per year.
In the statement released on Wednesday, the Copom said the decision reflects uncertainty surrounding its scenarios and balance of risks with even greater than usual variance. The committee states that the decision is consistent with the strategy for inflation convergence to a level around its target throughout the relevant horizon for monetary policy.
The Copom also states it will remain vigilant, assessing if the strategy of maintaining the Selic rate for a sufficiently long period will be enough to ensure the convergence of inflation
At the September meeting, the Central Bank had already stated that it would remain vigilant, “assessing if the strategy of maintaining the Selic rate for a sufficiently long period will be enough to ensure the convergence of inflation.”
Throughout the cycle, which began in March 2021, the monetary authority raised the Selic rate by 11.75 percentage points, for 12 consecutive times, in the face of a scenario of high and persistent inflation. The Copom will meet again on December 6 and 7.
*By Larissa Garcia, Alex Ribeiro — Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Source: Valor International