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ECB Will Act Forcefully If Necessary to Fight Low Inflation, Says Praet

Posted by hkarner - 6. April 2016

Date: 05-04-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Central Bank economist says persistent missing of inflation target deeply damaging to economy

“The need for a superior policy mix is no excuse for central banks to be passive when their mandates are under threat,” said Peter Praet, the European Central Bank’s chief economist.

FRANKFURT—An extended period of low inflation in the eurozone would be very harmful, the European Central Bank’s chief economist Peter Praet said Monday, underscoring the monetary authority’s readiness to pump more cash into the economy, if such action were needed to boost price pressures.

The most recent data published last week showed the inflation rate in the currency bloc was minus 0.1% on the year in March, well off the central bank’s medium-term target of just below 2%. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Unconventional Monetary Policy on Stilts

Posted by hkarner - 1. April 2016

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Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics, was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the US Federal Reserve, and the World Bank.

APR 1, 2016, Project Syndicate

NEW YORK – With most advanced economies experiencing anemic recoveries from the 2008 financial crisis, their central banks have been forced to move from conventional monetary policy – reducing policy rates via open-market purchases of short-term government bonds – to a range of unconventional policies. Although the zero nominal bound on interest rates – previously only a theoretical possibility – had been reached and zero-interest-rate policy (ZIRP) had been implemented, growth remained anemic. So central banks embraced measures that didn’t even exist in their policy toolkit a decade ago. And now they are poised to do so again.

The list of unconventional measures has been extensive. There was quantitative easing (QE), or purchases of long-term government bonds, once short-term rates were already zero. This was accompanied by credit easing (CE), which took the form of central-bank purchases of private or semi-private assets – such as mortgage- and other asset-backed securities, covered bonds, corporate bonds, real-estate trust funds, and even equities via exchange-traded funds. The aim was to reduce private credit spreads (the difference between yields on private assets and those on government bonds of similar maturity) and to boost, directly and indirectly, the price of other risky assets such as equities and real estate. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe’s Emerging Bubbles

Posted by hkarner - 29. März 2016

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Hans-Werner Sinn

Hans-Werner Sinn, Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich, is President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry’s Advisory Council. He is the author, most recently, of The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs.

MAR 28, 2016, Project Syndicate

MUNICH – The European Central Bank’s latest policy moves have shocked many observers. While the goal – to prevent deflation and spur growth – is clear, the policies themselves are setting the stage for severe instability.

The policies in question include setting the interest rate on the ECB’s main refinancing operations to zero; raising monthly asset purchases by €20 billion ($22.3 billion) to €80 billion; and pushing the interest rate on money that banks deposit with the ECB further into negative territory – to -0.40%. Moreover, the ECB has launched a new series of four targeted longer-term refinancing operations, which also carry negative interest rates. Banks receive up to 0.4% interest on ECB credit that they take themselves, provided they lend it out to private businesses. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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New Rules for the Monetary Game

Posted by hkarner - 22. März 2016

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Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan is Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

MAR 21, 2016, Project Syndicate

NEW DELHI – Our world is facing an increasingly dangerous situation. Both advanced and emerging economies need to grow in order to ease domestic political tensions. And yet few are. If governments respond by enacting policies that divert growth from other countries, this “beggar my neighbor” tactic will simply foster instability elsewhere. What we need, therefore, are new rules of the game.

Why is it proving to be so hard to restore pre-Great Recession growth rates? The immediate answer is that the boom preceding the global financial crisis of 2008 left advanced economies with an overhang of growth-inhibiting debt. While the remedy may be to write down debt to revive demand, it is uncertain whether write-downs are politically feasible or the resulting demand sustainable. Moreover, structural factors like population aging and low productivity growth – which were previously masked by debt-fueled demand – may be hampering the recovery. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Low Inflation and Government Debt

Posted by hkarner - 15. März 2016

By on March 14, 2016  RGE EconoMonitor

Government debt typically refers to nominal GDP, generally rising in postwar Oecd countries. Last crisis was an exception, firstly displaying in 2009 a nominal recession affecting 27 out of 34 countries. To understand reasons and implications, I evaluate in Table 2 for six Oecd countries (US, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) how in last crisis the Debt-to-GDP components changed their weight with respect to previous 2000-07 evidence.

Table 1- Cumulated % Changes in the 2008-13 Crisis

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United States

The Deficit/GDP share almost doubles in the 2008-13 years in which the average Debt-to-GDP ratio, about constant before, rises more than 50% with respect to the 2000-07 data. Thus, the deficit contribution to the debt increase jumps from 47% to a massive 87% share.

Looking at annual episodes, the deficit weight is very large in 2002-3 when the debt ratio starts to increase after the 2001 events. However, it is only during the Great Recession that the deficit weight deeply rises because of  expansionary policies, maintained until recovery is achieved. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Inflation Target Draws Fire From All Sides

Posted by hkarner - 15. März 2016

Date: 14-03-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Economists disagree on whether a 2% goal is too high or too low, while some say adjusting it in either direction would hurt central banks’ credibility

FRANKFURT—Central bankers over the past two decades pursued 2% inflation
as a Goldilocks standard—neither too hot nor too cold. After years of undershooting in advanced economies, some economists now say that target should be adjusted.

Trouble is, they can’t agree whether it should be higher or lower.

One faction says ultralow inflation rates are the result of long-term economic trends like globalization and aging populations that are reducing prices everywhere and that central banks fight at their peril.

Another takes the opposite view, arguing the inflation target should be raised to help central bankers avoid their current fix: With interest rates at or near zero and inflation rates low, they can’t cut the real interest rate—after subtracting inflation—as far below zero as they would like to stimulate the economy. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Wie man ganz effizient Inflation erzeugt

Posted by hkarner - 7. März 2016

07.03.2016 | 18:26 | Josef Urschitz (Die Presse)

Österreich braut derzeit einen ziemlich giftigen Konjunkturmix.

Die EZB wird diese Woche noch ein paar (wahrscheinlich vergebliche) Verzweiflungsmaßnahmen setzen, um den Absturz der Eurozone in die Deflation zu verhindern. Weit ist dieses Szenario ja nicht mehr entfernt: Die Eurozonen-Inflationsrate betrug im Jänner gerade noch 0,3 Prozent. Österreich ist erfolgreicher: Bei uns war die Teuerung genau viermal so hoch. Besonders stark in den Bereichen Tourismus und Kulturdienstleistungen.

Wie denn das? Das Wifo hat gleich eine Erklärung nachgeliefert: Die florierende Tourismusnachfrage habe für überproportionale Preissteigerungen in oben genannten Gruppen gesorgt. Nachfrageinduzierte Preissteigerungen – genau das, was die EZB so verzweifelt versucht, aber nicht und nicht zusammenbringt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Time for Helicopter Money?

Posted by hkarner - 4. März 2016

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Kemal Derviş

Kemal Derviş, former Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey and former Administrator for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is a vice president of the Brookings Institution.

MAR 3, 2016, Project Syndicate

WASHINGTON, DC – “Out of ammo? The Economist recently asked of monetary policymakers. Stephen Roach has called the move by major central banks – including the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of Sweden – to negative real (and, in some cases, even nominal) interest rates a “futile” effort that merely sets “the stage for the next crisis.” And, at the February G-20 finance ministers meeting, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney reportedly called these policies “ultimately a zero-sum game.” Have the major advanced economies’ central banks – which have borne the burden of sustaining anemic post-2008 recoveries – really run out of options?

It certainly seems so. Central-bank balance sheets have swelled, and policy rates have reached their “near zero” lower bounds. There is plenty of cheap water, it seems, but the horse refuses to drink. With no signs of inflation, and growth still tepid and fragile, many anticipate chronic slow growth, with some even fearing another global recession. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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„Die Überkapazitäten bei Banken gehören abgebaut“

Posted by hkarner - 29. Februar 2016

 Interview Alexander Hahn28. Februar 2016, 12:00, derstandard.at

 Wie es um den Bankensektor bestellt ist und welche Lehren die EZB aus der Stagnation in Japan gezogen hat, erklärt ihr Vertreter Luc Coene. Zudem erläutert er, wie er einen Austritt der Briten aus der EU einstuft.

STANDARD: Haben Sie sich zu Beginn Ihrer Karriere im Jahr 1973 vorstellen können, in einer Welt mit negativen Zinsen zu leben?

Coene: Nein, das habe ich nicht erwartet. Ich habe nicht einmal gedacht, dass so etwas überhaupt möglich ist.

STANDARD: Wodurch ist es möglich geworden?

Coene: Das ist ein Nebeneffekt der extrem niedrigen Inflation. Was soll man tun, wenn man bei null angekommen ist? Daher haben wir entschieden, mit den Zinsen in den negativen Bereich zu gehen. Die Banken horten viel Geld, das wir in der Wirtschaft sehen wollen. Daher drängen wir die Banken auf diese Weise, etwas mit dem Geld zu machen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Japan’s Wrong Way Out

Posted by hkarner - 6. Februar 2016

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Adair Turner

Adair Turner, a former chairman of the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority and former member of the UK’s Financial Policy Committee, is Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. His latest book is Between Debt and the Devil.

FEB 5, 2016, Project Syndicate

LONDON – Financial markets were surprised by the Bank of Japan’s recent introduction of negative interest rates on some commercial bank reserves. They shouldn’t have been. The BOJ clearly needed to take some new policy action to achieve its target of 2% inflation. But neither negative interest rates nor further expansion of the BOJ’s already huge program of quantitative easing (QE) will be sufficient to offset the strong deflationary forces that Japan now faces.

In 2013 the BOJ predicted that its QE operations would deliver 2% inflation within two years. But in 2015, core inflation (excluding volatile items such as food) was only 0.5%. With consumer spending and average earnings falling in December, the 2% target increasingly looks out of reach. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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