By First Capital Research
FC Research, the research arm of First Capital Holdings PLC, yesterday ruled out a change in policy rates at the monetary policy review that will be announced this morning.
“FC Research believes that despite inflation remains high, GDP growth and credit growth are below our expectation.
Consideration of the above macroeconomic environment, the current monetary policy is appropriate and no change is required,” FC Research said in a brief note. According to FC Research, there is 90 percent bias towards the Central Bank keeping the policy rates unchanged and a 10 percent bias towards cutting the rates by 25 basis points.
FC Research in August upgraded private sector credit growth for 2117 to 16 percent from 14 percent amid a possible pickup towards the year end.
The private credit figure decelerated to Rs.50 billion in September 2017.
Sri Lanka’s GDP grew 3.3 percent in 3Q17, impacted by the poor performance of the agriculture sector due to unfavourable weather conditions.
Meanwhile, FC Research forecasts December headline inflation to be at 7.2 percent.
“We believe inflation will be under control over the next two to three months while there could be some upward pressure towards 2Q2018.”
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