South Korea’s central bank held its key interest rate steady for the third straight time Thursday as inflation appears to be easing amid an economic slowdown.
In a widely expected decision, the monetary policy board of the Bank of Korea (BOK) kept the benchmark seven-day repo rate unchanged at 3.5 percent.
This marked the third straight time that the BOK has stood pat following a rate freeze in February and another in April, according to South Korea’s News Agency (Yonhap).
The rate freezes came after the BOK had delivered seven consecutive hikes in borrowing costs since April last year.
The back-to-back rate freezes are raising expectations that the BOK might be ending its aggressive rate hike amid signs of moderating inflation, rising economic slowdown woes and lingering fears over global banking turmoil.
Source: Qatar News Agency