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ECB’s Makhlouf says central banks have lost some degree of confidence

DUBLIN – Central banks around the world have lost some degree of trust and need to rebuild it by explaining their decision-making to a wider audience, not just financial markets, Governing Council member Gabriel Makhlouf said. said on Tuesday. Edge.

Major central banks have aggressively raised interest rates to curb inflation, which has remained persistent. The ECB has raised rates by a total of 375 basis points since July and economists are predicting two more 25 basis point hikes in their next two meetings.

Irish Central Bank governor Makhlouf said that after the biggest rate hike in the ECB’s 25-year history, the bank had an obligation to speak to the wider community and that, like all institutions, it had lost some of its confidence. of the population.

With inflation expected to remain above the ECB’s target until at least 2025, consumers and investors have begun to anticipate long-term price increases of more than 2%, adding to confidence in the ECB’s ability to control prices. a sign of deficiency. This, in turn, can increase wage demand, potentially creating a wage-price spiral that is difficult to break.

“I think we’ve lost some degree of belief … (and it affects) I think what we should do with our decision-making is explain it to more people,” Makhlouf told Irish Central said at a conference in the bank.

Makhlouf was questioned by Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Meister, who asked him if he thought central banks around the world were trusted and “if we’ve lost some of that confidence.”

“We probably have to think more about who we’re going to,” Makhlouf said.

“We have to be clear about what we look at and why we make the decisions, and we have to talk to people and communities in a language that they understand, and I think that’s how ultimately rebuilding trust. I think that we can do it in the form of a central bank”; Said.

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