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How European Central Bank can safeguard the euro

Financial markets want the ECB to put its strong words of support into action when it meets in Frankfurt this week. Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, has said the ECB will do ‘whatever it takes’ to safeguard the euro. Photograph: Alex Domanski/Reuters Mario Draghi’s blunt statement that the ECB will do “whatever [...]

Bank of England commissions a set of reviews

Court of the Bank of England commissions a set of reviews to learn lessons. May 2012. The Court of the Bank of England has commissioned a set of three reviews into areas of the Bank’s performance and current capabilities in order to learn lessons and to ensure the Bank is best equipped to carry out [...]

BoE Payment Systems Oversight Report

11 Apr. Bank of England Payment Systems Oversight Report 2011. The Bank of England has published the 2011 Payment Systems Oversight Report (see link below).  The Oversight Report is an important element of the Bank’s oversight work.  It offers public accountability for this statutory function of the Bank, as well as increasing transparency about the [...]

Bernanke college lecture series

In March 2012, Chairman Ben S. Bernanke delivered a four-part lecture series about the Federal Reserve and the financial crisis that emerged in 2007. The series began with a lecture on the origins and missions of central banks, followed by a lecture that discussed the role and actions of the Federal Reserve in the period [...]

QE is ‘decisively working’ say CBP panellists

At the first Central Banking On Air event of 2012 , there was broad agreement among the panel that quantitative easing (QE) is achieving its stated aims. There was divergence of opinions on what the broader priorities for central banks should be in the medium term, however. The panel comprised Andrew Smithers, chairman and founder [...]

BoE: A common financial language?

Towards a common financial language. Speech by Bank of England’s Andrew Haldane. In a speech drawn from a paper presented at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) Legal Entity Identifier Symposium in New York, Andrew Haldane – Executive Director for Financial Stability and member of the Financial Policy Committee – considers the benefits [...]

Accountability of the Bank of England

Response from the Court of the Bank of England to the recommendations made by the Treasury Committee and Joint Committee on the draft financial services bill on the accountability of the Bank of England. On 8 November 2011, the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons published a Report on the “Accountability of the [...]

The euro zone: Is this really the end?

Unless Germany and the ECB move quickly, the single currency’s collapse is looming. Even as the euro zone hurtles towards a crash, most people are assuming that, in the end, European leaders will do whatever it takes to save the single currency. That is because the consequences of the euro’s destruction are so catastrophic that [...]

IMF: Central Banks, Financial Regulators, and the Quest for Financial Stability

2011 IMF Annual Research Conference, Washington DC, November. The global financial crisis gave economists pause for thought about what should be the future of macroeconomic policy. We have devoted much of our thinking to this issue these past three years, including how the many policy instruments work together. The interactions between monetary and macroprudential policies, [...]

UK Financial Policy Committee meeting

Financial Policy Committee statement from its policy meeting, 20 September 2011. The Financial Policy Committee held its second formal meeting on 20 September. Since its previous meeting there had been severe strains in financial markets, which stemmed in large part from continuing concerns about the sustainability of external and internal debt positions of some countries, [...]

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