The first IFR DCM roundtable to be held in Australia provided a timely assessment of the country’s monetary and fiscal policy responses and outcomes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a change to the traditional format, the October 20 webcast began with a keynote speech from Dr Christopher Kent, assistant governor (financial markets), Reserve Bank of Australia, entitled: “The stance of monetary policy in a world of numerous tools”.
The speech was followed by a comprehensive Q&A and discussion section from a panel of experts covering issues raised by Dr Kent and further, follow-on topics.
These included critiques of the various coronavirus-related initiatives from the government, RBA and regulators, the surge in Commonwealth and state bond supply, the importance of Australia’s Triple A ratings as well as the prospects for negative interest rates and sovereign green bonds Down Under.
Sponsored by ANZ, Citigroup and Fitch Ratings, the webcast drew a live audience of 126, a testament to the importance of Dr Kent’s comments to Australian financial markets and broad interest in the authorities’ generally well received strategies to combat the impact of the coronavirus.
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