LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England is close to launching a new round of monetary stimulus because of the worsening euro zone crisis, according minutes of its last policy meeting, which showed officials split 5-4 on the move, with Governor Mervyn King in favor.
There is not an ability of central banks to take all these risks out or set the seeds for a sustainable recovery
Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, urging central banks to secure “escape velocity” for their economies, said there is still room for more monetary stimulus around the world if needed.
In comments that may shed light on his thinking as he prepares to take over the Bank of England in July, Carney said policy in developed countries isn’t “maxed out” and that central bankers can be flexible in meeting inflation goals.
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke strongly defended the U.S. central bank’s bond-buying stimulus before Congress on Tuesday, saying its benefits clearly exceed possible costs.
The Fed chairman also urged lawmakers to avoid sharp spending cuts set to go into effect on Friday, which he warned could combine with earlier tax increases to create a “significant headwind” for the economic recovery.
Federal Reserve policy makers said continued stimulus to push unemployment lower doesn’t risk sparking an undesirable jump in the inflation rate.
With inflation expected to remain well below its 2% goal, the Federal Open Market Committee doesn’t “face a trade-off between its employment and inflation objectives, and an expansion of aggregate demand would result in further progress relative to both objectives,” according to minutes of their April 29-30 meeting released today in Washington.
The Federal Reserve is still debating over the possibility of an increase in interest rates, a step which economist read as a sure indicator about central bank’s intention to end up its current loose monetary policy, reported Financial Times.
U.S. Federal Reserve officials came closer to agreement on an exit strategy from aggressive stimulus, while raising the possibility that it might occur sooner than anticipated, according to minutes of their July meeting.
“Many participants noted that if convergence toward the committee’s objectives occurred more quickly than expected, it might become appropriate to begin removing monetary policy accommodation sooner than they currently anticipated,” the minutes said.
Finance minister George Osborne tweaked the central bank’s mandate two weeks ago, giving it stronger backing to continue ignoring inflation when it overshoots its target due to one-off factors, reports The Telegraph.
But only a handful of economists polled by Reuters last week expect the central bank to add this month to the £375bn of government bonds it bought between March 2009 and October 2012.