Kazakhstan raises rates by 200 basis points

The National Bank of Kazakhstan's rate-setting board voted on Friday to hike its benchmark official refinancing rate by two percentage points to 11%.

The central bank said that the massive hike was "taking into account increasing inflation and significant increase in interbank money market rates."

Year-on-year inflation hit 15.3% in October and interbank rates have surged because of Kazakh banks' subprime liabilities.

The hike took effect on Saturday, 1 December.

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