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3rd TIAC-BNM Monetary and Financial Economics Workshop (UPDATED)

The Tun Ismail Ali Chair (TIAC) at the University of Malaya, in collaboration with BNM, is pleased to announce the 3rd Monetary and Financial Economics Workshop, to be held on 16 July 2018, at Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur. The organising committee would like to invite Malaysia-based academics, postgraduate students, economists from the private sector and … Continue reading 3rd TIAC-BNM Monetary and Financial Economics Workshop (UPDATED)

Why has the frequency of monetary policy meetings at central banks reduced?

In the past few years, there has been a trend among central banks with higher frequency monetary policy-setting meetings reducing the number of times they meet.  The Bank of Japan reduced the number of meetings from 14 to 8 in 2016. The Bank of England and European Central Bank reduced the number of meetings from … Continue reading Why has the frequency of monetary policy meetings at central banks reduced?

Highlights of the 3rd TIAC-BNM Monetary and Financial Economics Workshop

The Tun Ismail Ali Chair (TIAC) at the University of Malaya, in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia, organised the 3rd TIAC-BNM Workshop on Monetary and Financial Economics on July 16 at Sasana Kijang. The event was attended by 110 participants from various local higher learning institutions, government agencies, private institutions, and staff from the Bank. … Continue reading Highlights of the 3rd TIAC-BNM Monetary and Financial Economics Workshop

The Sharing Economy – Harnessing the Value of Idle Assets

Highlights: The ‘sharing economy’ is a system that reduces asset or resource underutilisation for monetary or non-monetary benefits. Malaysia ought to embrace the sharing economy but with appropriate safeguards. Clear and coherent policy stance is important for a vibrant sharing economy industry. Introduction The sharing economy has disrupted many traditional means of doing business and … Continue reading The Sharing Economy – Harnessing the Value of Idle Assets

Central Banking and Inequality – The Current State of the Conversation

Highlights Monetary policy has a short-run and possibly medium-run impact on inequality. In the long run, the distributional impact is not clear Incorporating inequality into policy deliberations may help achieve a more effective monetary policy Introduction For a long period, “benign neglect” characterised the attitude that central bankers displayed towards inequality.[1] Traditionally, the mandates of … Continue reading Central Banking and Inequality – The Current State of the Conversation

Financial Conditions Index for Malaysia

Highlights: The Financial Conditions Index (FCI) has gained prominence in the last decade among policymakers and market participants due to its ability to summarise the current state of overall financial conditions. The estimated FCI for Malaysia can provide useful insights about domestic financial conditions. The latest assessment of the FCI indicates improving financial conditions since … Continue reading Financial Conditions Index for Malaysia

Summary and Recording of Public Lecture: Looking Beyond Banks – Alternative Finance, Competition and Regulation

Bank Negara Malaysia and the Tun Ismail Ali Chair (TIAC) have successfully hosted a public lecture by the current TIAC chairholder, Professor Thorsten Beck from Cass Business School, London on 28 November 2017 at Sasana Kijang. The public lecture, titled Looking Beyond Banks: Alternative Finance, Competition and Regulation, was attended by over 60 participants from … Continue reading Summary and Recording of Public Lecture: Looking Beyond Banks – Alternative Finance, Competition and Regulation

Invitation to Public Lecture by Professor Dr. Thorsten Beck

We are pleased to invite you to an upcoming public lecture that will be hosted by Bank Negara Malaysia, in conjunction with the Tun Ismail Ali Chair (TIAC). The public lecture will be delivered by Prof Thorsten Beck from Cass Business School, London, on 'Looking Beyond Banks: Alternative Finance, Competition and Regulation'. Details of the … Continue reading Invitation to Public Lecture by Professor Dr. Thorsten Beck

Central Bank Digital Currency: A Monetary Policy Perspective

A.   Introduction: If you can’t beat Bitcoin, join ‘em? With the rising interest in and usage of private digital currencies (e.g. Bitcoin), a policy question that has arisen is whether central banks should consider issuing official digital currencies (central bank digital currency, CBDC[1]). Consequently, research has been initiated globally to evaluate the costs and benefits … Continue reading Central Bank Digital Currency: A Monetary Policy Perspective

Financial Regulation in Malaysia: Current Framework, New Approaches and Future Challenges

Below is the presentation by Dr. Yeah Kim Leng, Professor of Economics and Director of Economic Studies Program at Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) at Sunway University, during the International Conference on Applied Economics and Policy (ICEAP) held at the Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Malaya on 22 August 2017.