Read the Beforeitsnews.com story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By CentralBankNews.info (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Now:
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:
Total:

Sweden keeps monetary stance, sees slow recovery

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


     Sweden’s central bank left its key interest rate steady and confirmed it will continue to purchase assets and offer liquidity as it expects the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic to be “long and fraught with uncertainty” despite a faster than expected improvement in recent months.
     Sveriges Riksbank, which escaped almost five years of negative interest rates in December 2019, kept its repo rate at 0.0 percent and confirmed its forecast from July that it expects to maintain this rate through the third quarter of 2023 as inflation will remain below its target.
     ”The Riksbank’s measures mean that there will be comprehensive monetary policy stimulus in the form of low interest rates and a large amount of liquidity for the foreseeable future,” the Riksbank said, repeating it is willing to cut the repo rate again if it were an effective response to threats to inflation.
     As most other countries, the Riksbank raised its forecast for economic growth this year to a contraction of 3.6 percent in gross domestic product from July’s forecast of a 4.5 percent contraction. 
     Sweden’s GDP shrank 8.3 percent in the second quarter of this year from the first quarter for an annual fall of 7.7 percent after growing 0.7 percent year-on-year in the previous two quarters.
     ”The Swedish economy seems to have left the acute crises situation of the spring and started to recover slightly faster than expected,” the Riksbank said.
      However, it also underlined the “way back is long and fraught with uncertainty” as the effects of the pandemic on the global economy are expected to be prolonged and with plenty of risks of setbacks.
      Sweden’s economy is seen expanding 3.7 percent in 2021, slightly up from July’s forecast of 3.6 percent, then 3.7 percent in 2022 and by 2.2 percent in the third quarter of 2023.
     But unemployment is expected to remain high and only slowly decline from an average of 8.6 percent this year to 7.6 percent by the third quarter of 2023 and headline inflation is expected to remain below the 2.0 percent target.
     Sweden’s inflation rate rose to 0.8 percent in August from 0.5 percent in July and is forecast to average 0.6 percent this year, 1.1 percent in 2021, 1.3 percent in 2022 and reach 1.9 percent by the third quarter of 2023.
     Earlier this month the Riksbank began buying corporate bonds for the first time as part of its quantitative easing program that it expanded at its last policy meeting in July. 
     The Riksbank, which has been purchasing assets, mainly government bonds, since February 2015 when it also adopted negative interest rates, boosted its purchase target by 200 billion Swedish krona to 500 billion and extended the period to June 2021.
      The central bank plans to buy 10 billion krona of corporate debt between Sept. 1 and June 30, 2021 in adding to the purchase of government bonds, mortgage debt and municipal bonds of 100 billion from Oct. 1 to December 1, 2020.
     After tumbling in early March, Sweden’s krona rose sharply from mid-March through July but has been  slightly weaker since then.
      Today the krona was trading at 8.85 to the U.S. dollar, up 5.7 percent this year.

     Sveriges Riksbank released the following statement: 

“The Swedish economy has now begun to recover after having fallen sharply in the spring. But the way back is long and fraught with uncertainty. To provide support to economic developments and help inflation to rise towards the target, the Riksbank is continuing its asset purchases and offering liquidity in all the programmes launched so far this year. The repo rate is held unchanged at zero per cent and is expected to remain at this level in the coming years. The programmes have had a calming effect on financial markets and helped to keep interest rates to households and companies low in the crisis.

Developments fraught with risks

The coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the global economy and led to sharp falls in GDP in many countries around the world. With the support of extensive economic policy stimulation from governments and central banks, the economic recovery has now begun. But although the recovery will continue in the coming years, the effects of the pandemic on the global economy are expected to be prolonged, and future developments are fraught with risks of setbacks, in both the short and longer term.

From acute crisis to gradual recovery in the Swedish economy

The Swedish economy seems to have left the acute crisis situation of the spring and started to recover slightly faster than expected. But it is still a long way back, and the situation on the labour market is worrying, with high unemployment as a result of the sharp decline in economic activity in the spring. Although inflation has been slightly higher than expected in recent months, it is still projected to be low this year. In light of the severity of the crisis and the fact that demand will not be back at more normal levels any time soon, it is expected to take time before inflation is more permanently back close to the Riksbank’s target of 2 per cent.

Monetary policy for continued low interest rates

Developments are still fraught with risks and stability on financial markets is dependent on support from central banks. Monetary policy therefore needs to continue to help maintain credit supply and keep general interest rates down over the coming years. The Executive Board assesses that the combination of measures taken by the Riksbank during the spring and summer is the most effective way of achieving this. The Riksbank will therefore continue to make asset purchases and offer liquidity within all of the programmes launched so far this year. The repo rate is held unchanged at zero per cent, and is expected to remain at this level in the coming years. Monetary policy is thereby creating conditions for a recovery in the Swedish economy and helping inflation rise towards the target of 2 per cent towards the end of the forecast period.

Economic policy support for a long time

Extensive economic policy support will be needed for a long time, from both fiscal and monetary policy. The Riksbank’s measures mean that there will be comprehensive monetary policy stimulus in the form of low interest rates and a large amount of liquidity for the foreseeable future. But the combination of appropriate monetary policy measures is constantly being evaluated and will be adjusted to economic de-velopments. The Riksbank is prepared to continue use the tools at its disposal to pro-vide support to the economy and inflation. The repo rate can also be cut if this is as-sessed to be an effective measure, particularly if confidence in the inflation target were to be threatened.

Forecast for Swedish inflation, GDP, unemployment and the repo rate*
  2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Q3**
CPI 1.8 (1.8) 0.6 (0.5) 1.1 (1.4) 1.3 (1.4) 1.9 (1.9)
CPIF 1.7 (1.7) 0.5 (0.4) 1.2 (1.4) 1.3 (1.4) 1.8 (1.8)
GDP 1.3 (1.2) –3.6 (–4.5) 3.7 (3.6) 3.7 (4.1) 2.2 (2.9)
Unemployment, per cent 6.8 (6.8) 8.6 (8.7) 9.2 (9.2) 8.4 (8.3) 7.6 (7.5)
Repo rate, per cent –0.3 (–0.3) 0.0 (0.0) 0.0 (0.0) 0.0 (0.0) 0.0 (0.0)

*Annual percentage change, annual and quarterly means respectively
Note: The assessment in the Monetary Policy Report in July 2020 is shown in brackets. 
**Calendar-adjusted GDP growth and seasonally adjusted LFS unemployment in 2023 Q3.
Sources: Statistics Sweden and the Riksbank

Forecast for the repo rate and inflation*
  2020 Q2 2020 Q3 2020 Q4 2021 Q3 2022 Q3 2023 Q3
Repo rate 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (0.00)

*Per cent, annual percentage change and quarterly means respectively
Note: The assessment in the Monetary Policy Report in July 2020 is shown in brackets.
Source: The Riksbank

The decision on the repo rate will apply with effect from 23 September. The minutes from the Executive Board’s monetary policy meeting will be published on 1 October. Read more about the Riksbank’s measures programme on www.riksbank.se.”

    www.CentralBankNews.info



Source: http://www.centralbanknews.info/2020/09/sweden-keeps-monetary-stance-sees-slow.html



Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!


Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at https://mitocopper.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST


Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at https://www.herbanomic.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST


Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse
Loading...
Loading...

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

MOST RECENT
Load more ...

SignUp

Login

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.