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6 Oct 2016 (AFR) – IMF worries as bank values plunge $565b to GFC levels and systemic risks rise

(6 October 2016, AFR, p6, by Karen Maley)

‘The International Monetary Fund has issued its most trenchant criticism of the aggressive monetary policies of the world’s major central banks, arguing that prolonged low interest rates are undermining the resilience of European and Japanese banks and insurance companies and raising the risk of global financial instability. In its latest Global Financial Stability Report the IMF says financial markets have benefitted from central banks’ unprecedented actions and monetary policy needs to remain loose to support the economic recovery. However it says  “some monetary policies, such as negative interest rates, are reaching the limits of their effectiveness, and the medium-term side effects of low rates are rising for banks and other financial institutions.”  ‘

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