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Monthly Economic Watch – August 2017

Monetary Policy Review – Aug 2017

Policy rates unchanged

  • The recovery of the agriculture related activities and the positive performance of the industry and services related activities together with the reinstatement of GSP+ facility are expected to contribute to economic growth. Headline inflation moderated at a faster pace to 4.8% in Jul 2017.
  • Private sector credit growth further decelerated to 18.6% in June 2017 compared to 18.9% in May 2017 owing to high nominal and real interest rates prevailed in the market.
  • Despite improved export performance, a sustained increase in import expenditure resulted in a trade deficit of USD 4.2Bn till May 2017
  • Gross official reserves dipped to USD 6.7Bn in July from USD 7.0Bn in Jun 2017. Sri Lanka received the third tranche of the IMF-Extended Fund Facility (EFF) amounting to USD 167.2Mn. Both the government securities market and the Colombo Stock Exchange experienced noticeable foreign inflows.
  • Accordingly policy rates were decided to be maintained at,
    • Standing Deposit Facility Rate – 7.25%
    • Standing Lending Facility Rate – 8.75%
    • Statutory Reserve Ratio (SRR) – 7.50%

Read the full report here: Monthly Economic Watch – August 2017

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka proving services to invest in Sri Lanka through fixed income securities such as investments in government securities– treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory.

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.