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Krona rally extends as Riksbank deputy ponders end of QE

Posted on November 24, 2016

Has the krona finally reached a turning point?

The Swedish currency has rallied more than 3 per cent since sinking below SEK10 per euro earlier this month, and is recovering further today after the Riksbank’s deputy governor questioned the value of further rate cuts or bond buying.

At publication time, the krona is up 0.4 per cent at 9.76 per euro, its strongest level since the Riksbank gave an unexpectedly dovish monetary policy update in October.

The central bank has previously shown little sign of bringing an end to its expansionary monetary policy, but deputy governor Martin Flodén said this morning that ending bond buys is a potential option at next month’s policy meeting, according to Reuters.

Mr Flodén, one of the more hawkish members of the Riksbank’s board, said the board had “left the question open for discussion”, adding that it “isn’t obvious” further rate cuts or an extension of the bond-buying programme would help it hit inflation targets.

Record low interest rates have encouraged the krona’s slump to six-year lows, despite many analysts arguing that the currency is undervalued given the underlying strength of the Swedish economy.

Chart: Bloomberg