Tag: Asset Purchases

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

Central Banks Must Heed Their Own Warnings on Climate Risks

| 13 October 2020
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Asset Purchases, Central Banks, Climate Risk, Collateral Frameworks
The Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), a group of more than 70 central banks and financial supervisors across the globe, has repeatedly highlighted that climate risks are financial risks. Its members have also continuously put a spotlight on the ... 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

Central Banks Should Reflect Climate Risks in Monetary Policy Operations

| 10 September 2018
Monetary, Policy Briefs | Tags: Asset Purchases, Central Banks, Climate Risk, Collateral Framework
The transition to a low-carbon economy requires a shift in capital allocation from incumbent carbon-intensive technologies to new low-carbon technologies. Financial markets play a key role in this process: they influence firms’ investment costs and serve as reference point in investors’ decisions. Currently, there ... continue reading