From: Erwan Mahé (guest post)
In our latest Thaler’s Corner, last Friday 6 June, we examined the impact of the ECB’s lowering of benchmark interest rates (see PDF, attached), but, as we pointed out, that was hardly the only noteworthy decision the central bank made last Thursday! Today, we will explain how these measures make perfect sense when taken together and how they flow directly from a programme based on the principles of a modern currency. We leave aside for the time being its role of fiscal watchdog that it persists in playing, although such a role does not fall within its mandate and is totally counterproductive. Before going into these points, I would just like to comment on the latest statement by Bank of France chief and ECB governor, Mr Noyer, this Monday in Montreal.
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