Monetary Policy

UK's MPC voted 5-4 to leave rates steady in Jan

Britain's central bank was split almost down the middle over whether to cut interest rates this month, with five of the nine members voting to leave rates steady at 6.0 percent while four wanted to lower borrowing costs. The Bank of England's chief…

RBNZ sees reduced inflation risk

New Zealand debt markets ended strongly on Jan. 24 after the Reserve Bank's comments on the inflation outlook were interpreted as having a dovish tone for rates. The central bank, in leaving its official cash rate unchanged at 6.50 percent, said it saw a…

Irish economy 'inconsistent' with rest of EU

The European Union's economic and monetary affairs commissioner, Pedro Solbes, said the Irish economy is "inconsistent" with that of the other member states. The commissioner has warned in the past that inflation is too high in Ireland and that the…

Zimbabwe inflation surges to 70%

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Leonard Tsumba said in Jan 2001 averageinflation is expected to rise to about 70 percent in 2001 from 55,7percent in 2000, further threatening the fragile economy.

Differing views -Swedish participation in the euro

Although Sweden, unlike the United Kingdom and Denmark, does not have an opt-out authorising it to remain outside the Euro zone even if it were to meet all the convergence criteria, the country's Minister for External Trade, Leif Pagrotsky, has insisted…

ECB has achieved price stability - Duisenberg

The European Central Bank (ECB) has achieved its overriding goal of achieving price stability in the euro area, reflecting a "substantial accomplishment," ECB President Wim Duisenberg said Jan. 24, 2001. The main focus of the ECB's monetary policy in the…

Hayami rules out early quantitative easing steps

Bank of Japan Gov. Masaru Hayami said Jan. 23 that an instruction issued to bank executives to study ways to boost liquidity in the nation's money market does not mean the central bank will take additional quantitative monetary easing measures any time…

Chile's economy to grow relatively fast - cbank

Chile's Central Bank forecast Jan. 23 economic growth between 5.6 and 5.9 percent for the years 2001 and 2002 respectively, as well as 3.4 and 2.9 percent inflation for the respective periods. In a monetary political report, the bank explained that the…

What Drives Productivity Growth?

Kevin J. Stiroh considers the debate on the best way to explain the sources of productivity growth in a forthcoming Economic Policy Review for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

US welfare reform: progress and prospects

Following a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York October 2000 "Welfare reform, four years later: progress and propects", preliminary drafts of papers are now available from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Research and Market Analysis…

Mexican cbank governor outlines monetary policy

The governor of the Bank of Mexico, Guillermo Ortiz Martinez, has submitted a preview of the Monetary Policy Programme for 2001 and has confirmed an aggressive tightening of the money supply by managing short-term benchmark interest rates and bank…

Euro recovery likely to continue, says ECB

European Central Bank President Mr Wim Duisenberg reaffirmed Dec 29 that ECB interest rates were on hold for some time and said the euro's recovery was likely to continue. Mr Duisenberg said that the risks to price stability were not very "concrete" at…

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