Chile’s central bank holds rate, but signals future cut

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The Central Bank of Chile left interest rates unchanged at its policy meeting on July 18, but said persistent low inflation may force it to ease its stance further in future.

As a result, the main policy rate remains at 2.5%, in contrast with action by several other central banks. Earlier on the same day, the trend towards easing was reinforced by rate cut announcements in Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea and Ukraine, ahead of the Fed’s meeting on July 31.

However, the decision to hold in

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