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Changing phases

Fiscal stimulus to an American economy at full employment is likely to trigger a tightening of financial and monetary conditions which in turn could affect growth prospects and investors’ appetite for risk. The route therefore looks well defined. It reflects a monetary policy which will gradually become more restrictive and will end up holding down growth.

 

The hopes and uncertainty of a new era

A festive spirit has swept Wall Street as investors anticipate tax cuts for both households and companies, and to a lesser extent, greater spending, notably on infrastructure. In contrast, the bond market has slumped.

 

The IMF brings good news and…other news

The new World Economic Outlook of the IMF paints a rather positive short term outlook but medium term risks have risen. A more coordinated policy approach is needed to address these challenges. Find more in the EcoTV Week video.

 

Japan – Monetary policy: let’s give it another try

Central bank credibility is a necessary condition for monetary policy to be successful in achieving its objectives. It refers to the authority (independence) of the central bank to act when circumstances require and to its willingness and ability to take the appropriate measures.

 

The thin line between complacency and clairvoyance

Blind, complacent, cool-headed, driven by moral hazard, clairvoyant? Or should we follow the example of the Bank for International Settlements and call it “dissonant”? Which term best describes this summer’s market behaviour?

 

New monetary season

For the financial markets, summer’s end is often the occasion for deep-felt upheavals. This summer, investors left on vacation filled with trepidation about the economic impact of Brexit, about robust job creations in the US and how they might change monetary policy prospects, and about the outcome of European banks’ stress tests.

 

Higher oil prices: good news or bad?

On 20 January, Brent crude oil was trading at USD27.88 a barrel (EUR25.52), the lowest price this year. Prices recently rebounded to USD50 (EUR44.70). Without trying to forecast future oil pricing trends – which, as shown by the experience of 2015, are even more difficult to predict than other economic variables – it is worthwhile to consider the consequences of higher prices

 

Monetary boomerang

In most countries, central bank independence from government is taken for granted. Yet, the autonomy, i.e. the ability to do whatever a central bank considers necessary within its mandate, is sometimes surprisingly limited, albeit for other reasons.

 
Eurozone

Eurozone: a real recovery

Surprisingly strong Q1 shows the Eurozone recovery is for real but inflation remains a key policy challenge.

 
 
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