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The practice of central bank intervention: looking under the hood

  • Christopher J. Neely

This article first reviews methods of foreign exchange intervention and then presents evidence—focusing on survey results—on the mechanics of such intervention. Types of intervention, instruments, timing, amounts, motivation, secrecy, and perceptions of efficacy are discussed.

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Volume (Year): (2001)
Issue (Month): May ()
Pages: 1-10

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