Bank of Russia hikes interest rates to stem ruble sell-off

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The Bank of Russia today ratcheted up interest rates to their highest point in five years to stem a sell-off of the ruble that has seen the currency lose 28% against the dollar in four months.

The central bank raised its benchmark repo rate by 150 basis points to 9.5%, an increase of 400bp from February. It also raised rates on overnight loans and foreign exchange swaps from 9% to 10.5%. The changes will take effect from November 5.

The Bank of Russia has spent nearly $30 billion of reserves try

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