Summary of Survey of Reserve Managers

Lessons from the Crisis


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Survey of Reserve Managers summary
The 2008 financial crisis affected the whole world. How did global reserve bankers respond?


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This matter-of-fact, highly revealing report explains the results of a 2012 International Monetary Fund (IMF) survey of reserve banks. The content is quite substantive, including original research, a new way of viewing the fiscal crisis and interesting data. Though the authors provide limited interpretation and little theoretical analysis, their survey reached the people at the center of world-changing events. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the IMF questioned reserve managers from countries rich and poor. Their responses give useful glimpses into how reserve banks handled crucial issues at a time of great stress. Since the report divides the responses into those from advanced, middle-income and low-income countries, it gives a clear sense of how nations’ actions varied according to their position in the world economy. getAbstract recommends this report on national reserve banking practices around the world to bankers, policy makers and those interested in global finance.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How reserve banks responded to the 2008 financial crisis,
  • How different countries in different economic groupings varied in their responses,
  • How reserve banks manage risk in general and
  • How their practices are changing.


Since the Crisis: A Framework for Learning
The 2008 financial crisis affected the entire world. Bankers who manage national reserves in every country – from emerging economies to the developed world – had to reduce risk and adjust to changing circumstances. They all faced problems with...
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About the Authors

Aideen Morahan works for Ireland’s central bank. Christian Mulder is a senior manager at the World Bank group.

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