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When central bankers’ powers run out, Low trust impedes digital currency plans, and more

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When central bankers’ powers run out, Low trust impedes digital currency plans, and more

THE WEEKEND REVIEW

Latest opinion and analysis from OMFIF around the world

17-21 February 2020, Vol.11 Ed.6

Most-Read Commentary

When central bankers’ powers run out: How can central banks and the outside world tell that their vaunted independence is under threat? In view of clouds over the world economy and controversy over whether monetary policy can counter lower growth, central bankers believe political pressure can become a major factor hindering their ability to fulfil their mandates, writes David Marsh.

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Commentary

Low trust impedes digital currency plans: Some economists have made the case that issuing central bank digital currency would be a way to solve the zero lower bound of interest rates. Our survey on digital currencies indicates that ordinary citizens in these countries would react to such steps with considerable ill-will, writes John Orchard. Read more.

Podcast

Germany’s economic position: Philipp Steinberg, head of economic policy at the German economics ministry, joins OMFIF’s Ellie Groves to discuss the structural challenges Germany faces. They focus on how Berlin is responding to the reality of digitalisation, geopolitical uncertainty, climate change and demographic shifts. Listen.

Report

Tackling climate change: Central banks are planning radical regulatory changes to tackle the climate crisis. Mazars, the international audit and advisory firm, and OMFIF, the independent think tank for central banking, economic policy and public investment, reveal how central banks and regulators are responding to the climate crisis. Read more.

Commentary

Monetary policy at a crossroads: Central bankers’ analytical foundations and the efficacy of their principal instruments have moved to the centre of debate. There is a change of leadership in several institutions, not least at the European Central Bank. This is accompanied by a policy review, writes Ewald Nowotny. Read more.

 

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