Global Monetary Policy in H2-2020: ‘Helicopter money’ on a rescue mission


In 2019, monetary policy authorities gradually took a dovish stance, due to the fragility of global growth and the dilemma with low inflation rates. In 2020, the outbreak of COVID-19 sent global central banks on a tsunami of expansionary monetary policies, ranging from huge rate cuts to quantitative easing, and less conventional tools like helicopter money.

Notably, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) led the way as it delivered a surprise rate cut of 50bps after an emergency meeting and a subsequent 100bps cut which settled the Federal Funds rate at 0-0.25% band. Similarly, the Bank of England (BoE) dropped policy rates to 0.1% vs 0.75% at the beginning of the year. However, with policy rates already in the negative region, the European Central Bank (ECB) took a more cautious approach, expanding its asset purchase program by €750.0bn. Also, the  Peoples Bank of China (PBC) injected liquidity amounting to about RMB3.8tn into the banking system and cut interest rates on reverse repos, medium-term lending facilities and excess reserves.

Global Monetary Policy in H2-2020: ‘Helicopter money’ on a rescue mission - Brand Spur

Finally, the size of liquidity injection was robust, with the Fed pumping $2.3tn, and the EU finance ministers approving a €500.0bn rescue package. Going into H2-2020, we expect the sheer size of the monetary stimulus to support the global economy, or at least ease the pain. By implication, global monetary policy authorities will continue to use all possible tools to ensure a speedy economic recovery. Overall, while this may not immediately stall a global economic recession, liquidity in the global economy will be enormous, thereby strengthening risk-on sentiment and the flow of capital towards assets with attractive yields.

United Capital Research