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Central-banking challenges for the Riksbank: Monetary policy, financial-stability policy and asset management

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  • Svensson, Lars E O

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The Riksbank faces challenges with regard to each of its three core functions, conducting monetary policy with the objective of stabilising inflation around the inflation target and resource utilisation around a sustainable level, promoting a safe and efficient payment system and thereby conducting a policy for financial stability, and managing its financial assets to attain a good risk-adjusted rate of return without prejudice to the first two core functions. I conclude that the challenges are best met by focusing monetary policy exclusively on stabilising inflation around the inflation target and resource utilisation around a sustainable level and not treating the policy rate, housing prices or household debt as separate explicit or implicit target variables, by not confusing monetary policy with financial-stability policy but treating them as separate policies, and by eliminating the large unnecessary currency risk in the Riksbank’s balance sheet.

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  • Svensson, Lars E O, 2012. "Central-banking challenges for the Riksbank: Monetary policy, financial-stability policy and asset management," CEPR Discussion Papers 8789, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. repec:eee:finsta:v:33:y:2017:i:c:p:133-149 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Luisa Corrado & Tobias Schuler, 2018. "Financial Bubbles in Interbank Lending," CEIS Research Paper 427, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 06 Apr 2018.
    3. Rubio, Margarita, 2016. "Short and long-term interest rates and the effectiveness of monetary and macroprudential policies," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 47(PA), pages 103-115.
    4. Luisa Corrado & Tobias Schuler, 2018. "Financial Bubbles in Interbank Lending," CEIS Research Paper 427, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 06 Apr 2018.

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    Keywords

    central bank asset management; macroprudential policy; monetary policy;

    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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