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Should Central Banks Try to Make Profit on their FX Reserves?

Author: Bc. Jakub Tabášek
Year: 2022 - summer
Leaders: prof. PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.
Consultants:
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 110
Awards and prizes:
Link: https://dspace.cuni.cz/handle/20.500.11956/173500
Abstract: The first part of the thesis uses vector autoregressions to examine the influence
of foreign reserves on macroeconomic variables. The results suggest an economically significant influence on both household consumption and gross capital
formation in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Indonesia, while in the Philippines
and South Korea the influence seems rather weak. However, there is some uncertainty surrounding the results and the relationships may be unstable through
time, suggesting that the question is worth revisiting in the future.
The second part deals with the management of foreign reserves and investigates whether the long-term management by the Monetary Authority of
Singapore, which entails the objective of providing a regular income stream to
the government budget, could be an option for other central banks. Given the
similarity of objectives, the discussion builds on a comparison with the management practices of large U.S. university endowments and suggests that the
comparison seems to yield interesting insights pertaining to asset allocation.
However, constraints stemming from the size of central bank portfolios and
challenges having to do with expertise and management may have implications
for the overall stability of investment returns. Given the specific character of
a central bank, three potential threats to central bank independence are discussed: the issue of accountability for running the portfolio, risks to central
bank equity and the problem of "quasi-fiscal dominance". These suggest the
usefulness of shared decision-making between central bank and governments,
the need for an "equity buffer", and strict spending rules and ring-fencing of
proceeds. Under those conditions, the objective does not interfere with the
traditional objectives of a central bank.
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