FDC Bi-Monthly Economic & Business Update - July 2012
The Monetary Policy Committee in its July meeting surprised analysts and investors by making a most unexpected move. None of the earlier forecasts had predicted a tinkering with the CRR, not to talk about the magnitude of the 4% hike.
The initial reaction of the market was consternation, followed by a knee-jerk spike in inter-bank rates. Now that the dust has settled, and the initial euphoria is over, FDC economists take an incisive look into the macroeconomic aftermath of sterilizing N823bn or 6% of money supply, at a time when credit is anaemic, money supply is shrinking and inflation is back at 12.9%
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