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Ahead of the Riksbank's interest rate decision on May 8th – expectations from banks

Published by Mattias Söderström in category Articles on 13.05.2024
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Tomorrow, May 8th, the Riksbank will announce its next interest rate decision. Here’s what analysts and Sweden’s major banks predict ahead of the decision!

Sweden’s economy and the impact of inflation

The Swedish inflation rate has recently shown a decrease, which could significantly affect the Riksbank’s interest rate decision. In March, an inflation rate of 4.1% was reported, down from 4.5% in February.

The lower inflation, along with subdued domestic demand and stabilization of energy prices, supports a possible rate cut.

Feel free to read our article on how gold prices are affected by rate cuts!

Global comparisons and decision basis

Unlike the U.S. Federal Reserve, which kept its benchmark rate unchanged, the Riksbank sees a different economic picture in Europe and Sweden. Comparisons with the strong U.S. dollar and higher inflation allow the Riksbank and the European Central Bank to justify a rate cut sooner than the Fed.

This dynamic is also highlighted by SEB in their latest report, emphasizing the increased uncertainty for Europe’s central banks dealing with a weak domestic currency.

Banks’ expectations regarding a potential rate cut

Several major Swedish banks, including SEB, Swedbank, and Handelsbanken, predict a rate cut as early as May. However, the ongoing weakness of the Swedish krona remains a concern that could influence the Riksbank’s decision.

According to a macro analysis from Nordea, the krona’s weakening is not sufficient to prevent a rate cut. Swedbank also anticipates further rate cuts during the year, potentially leading to a more “normal” level of around 2% next year.

Reflections on wednesday’s interest rate decision and future outlook

Ahead of Wednesday’s interest rate announcement from the Riksbank, there is broad consensus among analysts on a potential rate cut. This action would not only reflect a response to the current economic data but also a strategic adjustment to global economic conditions and currency pressures.

The future direction of the Swedish krona and additional economic indicators will be crucial for the Riksbank’s ongoing monetary policy.

Feel free to comment if you think interest rates will go down tomorrow!

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