The Asset Purchase Programmes of the ESCB - an interdisciplinary approach

Research Area: Monetary Policy, Central Bank Law
Researcher: Helmut Siekmann
Date: Jun 2019
Abstract:

In the course of the crisis, the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) has acted several times to support the EU Member States and banking systems in financial distress by purchasing debt instruments: Covered Bonds Programmes (CBP), Securities Market Programmes (SMP), Long Term Refinancing Operations (LTRO), and Targeted Long Term Refinancing Operations (TLTRO), followed by the Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) and then the Extended Asset Purchase Programmes (EAPP)  – colloquially labelled as Quantitative Easing (QE).

Initially, the support measures of the ESCB might have to be judged as monetary policy but the selectivity of OMT and – even more – SMP in conjunction with the transfer of risks to the ESCB speak against it.

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