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currency and interest rates

Central bank Head Denies Policy Split

Published tisdag 17 mars 2009 kl 17.20
Sweden's central Bank head Stefan Ingves

Should Sweden let the Crown sink further, to boost exports? Deputy head of the Central bank, Lars E. O. Svensson has openly mused on this possibility. But on Tuesday the bank’s head, Stefan Ingves, stated that this will not happen, and that the central bank is united on this.

Mr Svensson has warned of the dangers of extreme deflation adding to the current economic crisis. One way he has mentioned to raise inflation is to let the Crown sink, thus ’importing’ inflation from other countries, as foreign investors and buyers find the weak crown more attractive.

Critics have said that this kind of talk has actually contributed to the currently weak Crown. But the government and the Central Bank have an inflation target of 2%, and Stefan Ingves underlines that they are quite happy with how this is handling the current situation.

You can hear Loukas Christodoulou’s recent interview with Lars E. O. Svensson, with more details on this topic

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