Lots of people think the euro area’s central banks will be handing back all the interest payments they receive on their QE bonds, providing a nice boost to the taxpayer. They won’t. Grim details here.
With QE purchases starting a few days ago, some thoughts on how QE works with a nice graph to explain.
Some new thoughts on the “can you make losses printing money” theme, this time with a Hans-Werner Sinn angle.
My thoughts on the ECB’s QE announcement. Perhaps a bit long, perhaps a bit disorganised ….
The latest round of briefing papers for the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee’s monetary dialogue can be found here. Click on 14.07.2014. The papers discuss the strength of the euro and non-standard monetary policies. My paper is “The ECB and Non-Standard Policies: Too Little Too Late?” Click here for a version without the nasty “Draft” watermark. The paper contrasts the ECB’s approach to monetary policy in recent years with the that of the Federal Reserve. It also discusses the actions taken at the June Governing Council meeting and addresses issues relating to potential future asset purchase programmes. The abstract for the paper is as follows:
The ECB has been slower to cut interest rates and to consider asset purchase programmes than the other major central banks even though the euro area economy has performed worse than its comparators. This failure to act has not stemmed directly from the ECB’s price stability mandate. Indeed, by not acting sufficiently strongly, the ECB is now failing to meet its own definition of price stability. The measures introduced at the ECB’s June Governing Council meeting will have only a modest positive effect on the euro area economy. Large asset purchase programmes – of both sovereign bonds and private asset-backed securities – are overdue.