Sweden lowers benchmark rate for first time in two years

Stefan Ingves

The Riksbank on Tuesday announced a 25 basis point drop in the benchmark interest rate in Sweden.

At a meeting with analysts soon after making the announcement, governor Stefan Ingves said the Swedish economy was slowing down, and this had led to the decision to lower the rate.

Ingves also commented on the low inflationary pressures in Sweden and said that, combined, these factors had not only meant a lower rate was appropriate, but also a lower repo-rate path. That is, repo rate "hikes" have no

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