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Monthly Economic Watch – Feb 2017

“Private sector credit growth registered at 21.9% on a YoY basis by end 2016. Credit disbursements in absolute terms remain high spite of the substantial upward adjustments in nominal and real interest rates.”


  • Monetary Policy Review
  • Inflation
  • M2B & Sector Credit
  • Reserves & Liquidity
  • Currency Movement
  • Government Securities
  • Finance Sector Rate Movement
  • External Sector
  • Tourist Arrivals
  • Global Markets

“Policy rates were kept unchanged –

  • Standing Deposit Facility Rate – 7.0%
  • Standing Lending Facility Rate – 8.5%
  • Statutory Reserve Ratio (SRR) – 7.5% “



First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka 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.