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Another (IMF) paper of Manmohan Singh deals with the influence of non-conventional monetary policy on collateralized borrowing. In past years, quantitative easing (QE) has absorbed collateral...

Collateral framework: risks and policies

The rising importance of high-quality collateral for financial transactions brings new systemic risks, such as potential collateral shortages and secured funding constraints in crisis times....

The Federal Reserve’s strategy after tapering

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Critical transitions in financial markets

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The evolution of China’s monetary policy

China’s economy has long relied on compressed interest rates in conjunction with strict capital controls and a tightly managed exchange rate. A new ADBI...

The demographic compression of interest rates

Declining population growth and rising dependency ratios in the developed world have been one key factor behind the decline in nominal and real interest...

BIS re-interpretation of TARGET2 (im-)balances

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How convenience yields have compressed real interest rates

Real interest rates on ‘safe’ assets such as high-quality government bonds had been stationary around 2% for more than a century until the 1980s....

The impact of non-conventional monetary policy on banks

Non-conventional monetary policy seems to benefit banks' balance sheets. After all, it offers cheap refinancing and credit market support. However, an empirical analysis by...

Measuring non-conventional monetary policy surprises

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