Contributor: Pierre Monnin

Central Banks Must Upgrade Their Risk Management

| 23 November 2020
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Central Banks, Climate Change, Climate Risk
The COVID-19 crisis is a stark reminder of how sharply asset values can shift. Amid a crashing demand for oil and gas, giant energy companies like BP, Chevron and Shell massively wrote down the value of their assets. And those that did not, like Exxon, ... continue reading

Central Bank Market Neutrality is a Myth

and | 16 October 2020
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Asset Purchases, Central Banks, Climate Change, Foreign Exchange Reserves, Market Neutrality
Christine Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), this week raised the critical question whether, in view of market failures, market neutrality should remain the guiding principle driving central banks’ policy portfolio management. Her spotlight on market neutrality underscores growing and overdue scrutiny ... continue reading

The Transition to a Sustainable Post-COVID Economy Requires an Urgent Shift in Central Bank Risk Management

| 10 July 2020
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Central Banks, Climate Risk, Covid-19, Financial Regulation, Monetary Policy Operations, Precautionary principle
The COVID-19 crisis is profoundly and durably transforming our economies. So will the transition to a low-carbon economy, which is necessary to contain the environmental crisis ahead of us. Shifting our economic system from its current state to a sustainable post-COVID version entails large and ... continue reading

The ECB Response to COVID-19

| 27 March 2020
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Asset Purchases, Covid-19, European Central Bank, Helicopter Money, Targeted Refinancing Lines
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, the European Central Bank (ECB) committed to inject an additional 870 billion euro – about 7% of the euro area’s GDP – into financial markets to address the significant challenge the pandemic poses to the economy. Through its ... continue reading

Shifting Gears: Integrating Climate Risks in Monetary Policy Operations

| 20 January 2020
Monetary, Policy Briefs | Tags: Asset Purchases, Central Banks, Climate Risk, Collateral Framework, Credit Risk
The assets central banks purchase and accept as collateral are at the core of monetary policy implementation. Risk considerations play a crucial role in the selection of these assets: central banks seek to limit their holdings and eligible collateral to assets that minimize their risk ... continue reading