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Réflexions sur la répartition des bénéfices de la Banque Nationale Suisse


  • Thomas von Ungern-Sternberg


The Swiss National Bank (SNB) currently holds reserves of more than 40 billion CHF. In the future she wishes to increase her reserves by about 1 billion CHF per year. The new law on the SNB must be used to make the SNB behave according to the same standards as other national banks. Her reserves should be limited to 30 billion CHF, which would still make her the richest central bank in the world. Almost all her future profits should be distributed. To improve her incentives to pursue a responsible investment strategy, her profits should be calculated using only her flow income and expenditures. She should cover capital losses from her reserves.

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  • Thomas von Ungern-Sternberg, 2002. "Réflexions sur la répartition des bénéfices de la Banque Nationale Suisse," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) 02.13, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.
  • Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:02.13

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    Swiss National Bank; profit distribution; portfolio strategy;

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    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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