Central bank cuts benchmark rate to 44%

Argentina’s central bank (BCRA) lowered its benchmark interest rate to 44% from 48% on Thursday, as a result of a deceleration in inflation, it said in a statement. This is the sixth time that the BCRA has reduced the interest rate since December when it was 19 percentage points above. Earlier, the National Institute for Statistics and Census (Indec) reported that inflation slowed down in January by 2.3%.

BCRA cuts benchmark rate for 5th time since December to 48%

Argentina's Central Bank (BCRA) lowered the benchmark interest rate floor (Leliq) to 48% from a previous 50%, the fifth cut in under two months aiming at overcoming recession and lowering inflation. In that period Leliq has been lowered by 15 percentage points. Banks have been responding positively with loans to SMEs below expected inflation and personal credit lines with rates of around 45%.