Sweden’s repo rate could fall further – bank governor

Stefan Ingves, governor of the Swedish Riksbank has warned that the current repo rate of -0.5% could fall further into negative territory.

His comments were reported after the central bank announced that it was maintaining the repo rate unchanged, in light of uncertainties in the global economy, and despite signs that the Swedish economy remains relatively strong.

No change to the repo rate is predicted before mid-2017, the bank added. Meanwhile, its asset purchase programme will continue through 2016, taking full-year purchases to some SEK245bn (€xx ).

The bank said the repo rate could fall to -0.52% by the fourth quarter of 2016.

Key dangers the bank identifies include uncertainty following the Brexit referendum, weak European banks, and the direction of the krona.

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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