Riksbank surprises observers with fresh QE and dovish message

Sveriges Riksbank
Sveriges Riksbank
Photo: Arild Vågen

The executive board of Sveriges Riksbank surprised investors and observers today (April 25) by extending the central bank’s bond-buying programme and delaying rate hike forecasts.

Policy-makers announced the Riksbank “will purchase government bonds for a nominal value of 45 billion Swedish krona ($4.7 billion) from July 2019 to December 2020”. Additionally, future rate increases “are expected to occur at a somewhat slower pace”, than projected in their last policy statement in February.


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