Brazil leaves benchmark interest rate unchanged at 14.25%

Paulo Trevisani – The Wall Street Journal, 9/2/2015

Brazil’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday at the highest level in nine years as the long battle with inflation continues with little relief in sight.

The bank’s monetary-policy committee left the benchmark Selic rate at 14.25%. The committee repeated its statement from its previous meeting, saying the Selic should stay at its current level for a “sufficiently prolonged period” for inflation to slow to the bank’s 4.5% target rate by the end of 2016.

It was the first time the committee left the Selic unchanged since September 2014. During last year’s presidential election campaign, the central bank briefly interrupted a tightening cycle that started in April 2013 from the Selic’s historic low of 7.25%.

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