Sweden’s central bank cut its main interest rate deeper into negative territory on Thursday and said it was ready to do more to revive inflation, fuelling a currency war even as its economy booms and concerns over a credit bubble grow.
As policymakers battle to weaken their currencies against global rivals, the Riksbank chopped its repo rate to -0.50 percent from -0.35 percent.
It also effectively expanded its bond-buying scheme by saying it would reinvest money from maturing bonds and coupon payments from its asset portfolio.
It added that it was looking at other ways to ease policy – including currency intervention.
But many analysts say that with the economy growing robustly and fears of a credit bubble rising, the Riksbank is running out of ammunition to push up inflation. It may not be able to compete with possible further easing by the European Central Bank in March, they add.