Bank of Israel hikes key rate by 50 bps as inflation hits 14-year high
Updated 22:57, 02-Jan-2023

The Bank of Israel on Monday announced the increase of its benchmark interest rate for the seventh time in a row to try to curb inflation that remains above 5%.

The central bank lifted its key rate by 50 basis points to a 14-year high of 3.75% from 3.25%. In April, policymakers began raising the rate from 0.1%.

Despite the rate hikes, Israel's annual inflation rate rose to a 14-year high of 5.3% in November from 5.1% in October.

(With input from Reuters)

(Cover: The Bank of Israel building is seen in Jerusalem, June 16, 2020. Reuters)

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