Armed and ready to devalue

Gov. Jiří Rusnok told the Senate on April 28 that the CNB has contracts with two insurance

companies and three large mutual-fund managers to provide liquidity if customers take

fright and start pulling their money out. A mutual fund "could come under pressure, sell

under pressure, below price, and generate significant losses," he said, so the CNB would

provide quick cash to prevent this. A bill signed yesterday by Pres. Miloš Zeman gives the

CNB the permanent authority to print any amount of money to buy any number of securi-

ties from financial institutions. The CNB finally has full-fledged quantitative-easing

authority. So far, it has relied on its Great Devaluation of Nov. 7, 2013, and its revaluation through interest rates since mid-2018, with a one-year hiatus for covid. Those who think the crown can now only appreciate should heed Rusnok's words about the possibility of another crisis and realize that he stands ready to devalue the currency whenever the market demands it.


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