[TAIPEI] Taiwan's central bank will likely keep its benchmark interest unchanged when it meets for its quarterly policy meeting on Thursday, after cutting rates four times in a row to support the economy, a Reuters poll showed.
The median forecast of 15 economists surveyed was for the largely-symbolic discount rate - the rate at which the central bank lends to financial institutions mainly for short term purposes - to stay at 1.375 per cent.
Nine economists expected the central bank to keep the policy rate unchanged, five forecast a cut and one called for a hike.
If the central bank stays on hold, it would snap a rate-cut cycle that began a year ago. The key rate has been chopped four times, or at each quarterly meeting since Sept 2015, to revive flagging growth.
Recent improvements in Taiwan's manufacturing and export-related activity as well as mild inflationary pressures have provided leeway for the central bank to stay its hand, economists say.