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The Czech National Bank (CNB) increased its policy rate as its seen to be one the most hawkish central banks. Economists at Rabobank reviews the move unchained in the EUR/CZK pair by this decision.

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“The CNB strengthened its reputation of the most hawkish central bank in the CEE region by raising its policy rate by 25bps to 2.25% on Thursday.”

“Governor Rusnok revealed that it was a ‘difficult’ decision. The announcement was postponed by an hour to allow for more deliberation that concluded in a split vote of 4-3 in favour of a 25bps move.”

“When the decision was announced, EUR/CZK plunged sharply and traded as low as 24.877 – the lowest since October 2012. However, EUR/CZK trimmed a large part of its intraday losses when it turned out to be a dovish hike.”