Inflation ( CCPI)0.9% (March 2024)
GDP4.5% (4Q 2023)
Unemployment4.3% (4Q 2023)
3M T-Bill Rate9.90%
12M T-Bill Rate10.21%
2Y T-Bond Rate10.85%/ 11.00%
4Y T-Bond Rate12.10% / 12.20%
USD/LKR298/299
Reserves $4.951Bn (March 2024)
Cum. Trade Deficit $860 Mn (Feb 2024 cumulative)
Cum. Fiscal DeficitLKR 2,020 Bn (Nov 2023)

Sri Lanka Central Bank Money printing increased and Rupee collapse

Exchange RateApr 6, 2020
Sri Lanka Central Bank Money printing increased and Rupee collapse
The rupee has already started to fall, triggering uncertainty among local and foreign market participants. CBSL has been giving liquidity shock to the market during the last couple of days by purchasing back government securities to release the money to the market which is a proxy for money printing. Excess money in the banking system jumped to over LKR 100 Bn from an average of less than LKR 50 Bn during January and February this year. Sudden jumped of CBSL holdings with-out parral adjustment in overnight liquidity indicates an outflow of exchange for the official reserves. Sri Lanka reserves stand at $7.95Bn end of February 2020.

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