The Bank of Israel said on Feb 26, 2001 it was lowering its key lending rate by 0.2 percentage points to 7.5 percent, its eighth straight monthly reduction and the 14th in the past 16 months.
The chief representative of the Bank of Japan in Frankfurt says in a speech that the 1990s has been a period of learning for the central bank, not as many people say "a lost decade". The bank now has a greater focus on the role of asset prices and the…
Horst Kohler, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund gave a speech at the conference on "Child Poverty, Education, and Health" in London, February 26, 2001. He says he has learnt a lot from his discussions with sub-Saharan African leaders…
Peter L. Rousseau from Vanderbilt University and Paul Wachtel from the Stern School of Business, New York University have published an article called "Inflation, Financial Development and Growth". The last decade saw an explosion in research interest on…
A paper by Stefania Albanesi, V.V. Chari and Lawrence J. Christiano titled "How Severe is the Time Inconsistency Problem in Monetary Policy?"
Lars Svensson, a professor of economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies,Stockholm University, will publish on Wednesday, February 28, at 4 pm (NZ time, GMT+13 hrs) his independent review of the operation of monetary policy in New…
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit faces mounting fury at home after sending the lira currency into freefall to try to curb a financial crisis and resisting pressure to reshuffle his beleaguered government.
Britain's central bank governor on Feb 23, 2001 declared himself a euro pragmatist, and said the arguments for and against the country joining the euro zone were finely balanced.
Germany's Bundesbank is expected to post a profit of around 16 billion marks ($7.42 billion) for 2000, Der Spiegel magazine said on Feb 23, 2001.
A new ECB working paper by Petra Geraats has been published called "Why adopt transparency? The publication of central bank forecasts". It provides an explanation for the puzzling fact why several central banks have recently abandoned the usual secrecy…
Economic growth in Germany in 2001 will be slower on average than in 2000, Deutsche Bundesbank Chief Economist Hermann Remsperger said Feb 23, 2001 in an interview with German news agency VWD.
Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Yutaka Yamaguchi says he is now more cautious about prospects for the Japanese economy than he was in 2000, signaling the central bank has not ruled out a possible relaxation of its monetary policy, Kyodo News reported.
Why does domestic lending continue to be so sluggish in Hong Kong when the economy is making such a vigorous recovery, asks Joseph Yam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, in his weekly "Viewpoint" column published on the HKMA website.
The central bank of Turkey said Feb 22, 2001 that it's shifting from a monetary framework centered on the exchange rate to one centered on formal inflation targeting, which will give the bank more flexibility and independence.
Singapore's economy grew a robust 9.9 percent in 2000, slightly below an official forecast of 10.1 percent, with the outlook broadly positive for 2001 despite slowing growth, the government said on Feb 22, 2001.
Membership of the European Central Bank's policymaking body should be rotated once the currency bloc is expanded, a member of the German government's council of independent advisers said in a newspaper on Feb 22, 2001.
The Bank of Japan still has a little more room to ease monetary policy in order to help sustain Japan's waning economic recovery, Michel Camdessus, former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Feb 22, 2001.
The fact that the next policy meeting of Britain's central bank comes the day after the annual budget should not prevent its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) from altering interest rates, an MPC member has said.
More than a year after it last cut interest rates, the Czech National Bank on Feb 22, 2001 said it was lowering its two-week repo rate to 5% from 5.25%, its discount rate to 4% from 5% and the Lombard rate to 6% from 7.5%.
According to preliminary results, GDP growth in Slovakia in 2000 should reach 2.1 percent, the Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS), Elena Kohutikova, told in her lecture on the NBS monetary policy, delivered at the Slovak-Austrian…
Malaysia's central bank chief said on Feb 22 the ringgit, fixed at 3.8 per dollar in 1998, was not misaligned and the country's private businesses believed the peg should be retained.
Brazil's central bank decided this month to keep interest rates steady in the face of a slight rise in inflation expectations and poor trade accounts which have weakened the real currency, the bank said on Feb 23, 2001 in the minutes of its last rate…
The Czech National Bank board on Feb 23, 2001 cut interest rates because the low inflation outlook and because the move doesn't jeopardize price stability, central bank officials said.
Inflation could be cut to 4-5% in Hungary within 2-3 years, Zsigmond Jarai said after being officially appointed as governor of the National Bank of Hungary before President Ferenc Madl in parliament on Feb 22, 2001.