Swedish central bank official says rate cut more likely in May or June than March

SWEDEN’S central financial institution could decrease its key coverage fee within the first six months of 2024 as inflation pressures have eased, with a reduce in May or June extra doubtless than in March, Riksbank deputy governor Per Jansson stated on Thursday (Feb 8).

“At the moment, I see it as clearly more realistic that the rate will be cut at the meeting in either May or June,” he stated within the abstract of a speech printed on the central financial institution’s web site.

For a reduce to come back into query in March, inflation must preserve slowing and rate-cutting plans from main central banks will in all probability additionally should be outlined far more clearly, he stated.

At its Feb 1 assembly, the central financial institution held the coverage fee unchanged at 4 per cent, however stated fee cuts may come a lot sooner than the forecast it gave in November, when it anticipated no change earlier than 2025.

However, the central financial institution additionally stated it could proceed cautiously, a message repeated by Jansson, who stated that even after the primary coverage easing, the central financial institution “will most likely… need to make pauses in the rate cuts to await more information and allow uncertainty to dissipate”.

Markets are pricing in an opportunity of a reduce by June, and for the coverage fee to be reduce an additional two or 3 times. REUTERS

Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg”