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BOK Leaves Key Rate Unchanged at 0.5%

Write: 2020-07-16 10:06:19Update: 2020-07-16 14:24:49

BOK Leaves Key Rate Unchanged at 0.5%

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The Bank of Korea kept the key interest rate at point-five percent amid soaring housing prices despite the ongoing slump from the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Thursday, the central bank also said it expects economic growth this year to be lower than its previous forecast of negative point-two percent 

The rate freeze was widely expected. 

The rate decision follows two major reductions earlier this year. The BOK slashed its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point to point-75 percent in March before cutting it by a quarter of a percentage point in May.

Following the two cuts, the central bank appears to have decided that another rate cut is unnecessary considering the relatively stable financial market and the overheating property market.

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