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Tatiana Evdokimova, Research Analyst at Nordea Markets, notes that the CBR decided to avoid Turkish scenario and hiked the key rate for the first time since 2014.

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“The RUB liked the decision but it’s unlikely to be a start of a strengthening trend since tougher sanctions still pose high risks.”

“The phrase about bringing the key rate to the neutral level in 2019 has disappeared from the press-release and the CBR guided for more hikes ahead depending on external conditions.”

“The CBR decided to firmly demonstrate its commitment to inflation targeting avoiding potential Turkey-like scenarios.”

“Even though the consensus and our forecast showed no hike today, the money market was pricing-in a hike and the CBR decided not to disappoint the markets.”

“The inflation forecast was revised from above 4% to 5-5.5% in 2019, which is in line with our forecast.”

“With inflation expectations still unanchored the CBR is more inclined to be more hawkish.”

“The RUB has gained 1.5% vs USD after the decision and settled at strongest levels since early September as the market welcomed the CBR decisive action.”

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