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Piotr Matys, EM FX Strategist at Rabobank, explains that they have argued that the reluctance to even consider a rate hike by Poland’s rate setters led by Governor Glapinski leaves the zloty more sensitive and vulnerable to the global backdrop.

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“The latest comments from Poland’s most hawkish policy maker Kamil Zubelewicz validated our view. “The dovish rhetoric, in my opinion, is unnecessary and it doesn’t serve the Polish currency,” Mr Zubelewicz said in an interview with Bloomberg.”

“The higher the core inflation, the more important the role of the Polish currency exchange rate and its volatility,” he told Bloomberg. “They impact many non-core components of inflation. That’s why the currency is so important for the stability of our monetary policy.”

“We fully agree with Mr Zubelewicz. To recall, earlier this week we wrote that we find it increasingly difficult to justify the wait-and-see approach. The labour market continues to tighten, which applies upside pressure on wage growth at the time when private consumption is a major source of growth. The outlook for the Polish economy is relatively positive and maintaining GDP growth at or even above 4% y/y in the coming quarters is a realistic scenario.”

“It is also worth noting that last year the NBP used a stronger zloty as one of the main reasons not to raise rates. However, so far this year the zloty has actually depreciated. A weaker currency would not only have inflationary consequences due to higher costs of imports, but a far more volatile zloty could also undermine confidence amongst households and corporates.”

“While comments from Mr Zubelewicz are positive for the zloty, as long as Governor Glapinski is not concerned about a weaker currency, it is difficult to expect that he will abandon his preference – shared by the majority of the MPC – to keep rates on hold throughout 2019 and perhaps until 2020. The wait-and-see bias will continue to weigh on the zloty.”