Central banks invest in riskier assets

Just under half of the central banks responding to a recent survey have increased their investments in "new" asset classes in the past year.

One-third of the central banks surveyed are now prepared to invest in A-rated bonds and a quarter invest in mortgage-backed securities. Eight per cent of central banks responding to the survey now hold equities as part of their reserves.

To manage this diversification, 60% of respondents are putting increased resources into risk management.

Almost half the

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