Volker Wieland explains how the exit strategy of the ECB should look like ("Süddeutsche Zeitung")

In an op-ed Volker Wieland provides recommendations how the European Central Bank (ECB) should proceed regarding its exit from Quantitative Easing (QE) without threatening financial stability and the banking sector.

Since 2014 the ECB has implemented a massive expansion of monetary policy including large-scale asset purchases and negative policy rates. As the euro area economy has improved and inflation has risen, questions concerning the future normalization of monetary policy are starting to dominate the public debate.

Wieland argues that the ECB should develop a strategy for policy normalization and communicate it very soon to prepare the ground for subsequent steps towards tightening, making proposals concerning key aspects of this strategy. The aim is to facilitate the emergence of expectations among market participants that are consistent with a smooth process of policy normalization. 

Wieland's recommendations were published in the daily newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and are based on a joint paper with Günter Beck (IMFS Working Paper 115).