Final Word from Thursday, November 5, 2020

Even before the pandemic caused the West to put up the shutters in the spring of 2020, a battle was raging over who would pay for the next financial crisis. BlackRock hedge fund called in Aug. 2019 for central banks to "go direct" by giving money to individuals and companies. Future Pres. Christine Lagarde of the ECB said instead that fiscal policies "need to be available to stabilize our economies through downturns and avoid overburdening monetary policy." She wanted governments to pay. The CNB, which agrees, is still using its modest interest-rate premium to revalue the crown. If it had to devalue again to pay out helicopter money, inflation could very well remain the highest in Europe for years to come. Seven years after the Great Devaluation of the Czech Crown, the CNB still boasts about having huge foreign reserves, but the stark reality is that if it tried to use them in an economic downturn, it would make the financial crisis for regular Czechs all that much worse. [ Czech Republic revaluation European Central Bank investment Czech National Bank Jiří Rusnok ]

Glossary of difficult words

to put up the shutters - (of a business) to cease trading for the day or permanently;

to overburden - to place an excessive demand, load or strain on someone or something;

helicopter money - a large sum of new money printed and distributed to the public to stimulate the economy;

stark - unpleasantly or sharply clear.

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