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Stephen Kinsella: The imagination gap of central bankers

The European Central Bank is squaring off against Germany as more creative measures are considered

17th April, 2016

It is very hard to feel sorry for central bankers. Well-paid, hyper-educated, unelected technocrats with enormous power rarely inspire public sympathy.

Nominal interest rates are as close to zero as possible. Real interest rates, which take account of inflation, are negative. eurozone inflation, at minus 0.1 per cent, is once again below the worst-case scenario in the ECB’s most recent stress tests for Europe’s banks. A tiny economy like Ireland can sell a 100-year bond...

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