June 24th, 2013
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Central banks told to head for exit – FT.com
Central banks must head for the exit and stop trying to spur a global economic recovery, the organisation representing the world’s monetary authorities has warned following a week of market turbulence sparked by the US Federal Reserve’s signal that
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Central banks must head for the exit and stop trying to spur a global economic recovery, the organisation representing the world’s monetary authorities has warned following a week of market turbulence sparked by the US Federal Reserve’s signal that it would soon cut the pace of its bond buying.
The Basel-based Bank for International Settlements used its influential annual report to call on members to re-emphasise their focus on inflation and press governments to do more to spearhead a return to growth.
The report, presented to many of the world’s top central bankers in Basel for the BIS’s annual meeting at the weekend, follows last week’s selloff in equities, bonds, and commodities, fuelled by fears the Fed’s tapering would spark a fresh wave of turmoil in global financial markets. Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, said last Wednesday that the central bank could slow its $85 billion monthly bond-buying programme this year and end it by mid-2014
The BIS, often referred to as the central bankers’ bank, said the global economy was “past the height of the crisis” and that the goal of policy was “to return still-sluggish economies to strong and sustainable growth.”
It said cheap and plentiful central bank money had merely bought time, warning that more bond buying would retard the global economy’s return to health by delaying adjustments to governments’ and households’ balance sheets.
“Alas, central banks cannot do more without compounding the risks they have already created,” the BIS said, adding that delivering more “extraordinary” stimulus was “becoming increasingly perilous.”
Bondholders would lose more than $1 trillion if yields spike – BIS
Bondholders in the United States alone would lose more than $1 trillion (648 billion pounds) if yields leap, showing how urgent it is for governments to put their finances in order, the Bank for International Settlements said on Sunday.
Thanks to: http://investmentwatchblog.com