Denmark Announces Limitless Reserve to Defend Euro Peg

There is “no limit” to how much Denmark can hoard in foreign currency reserves to defend its euro peg, according to the central bank.

After selling a record 106.3 billion kroner ($16.4 billion) last month, central bank reserves are now equivalent to about 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The level poses no risks and is a reflection of how Denmark’s exchange-rate regime is designed to work, Karsten Biltoft, head of communications at the central bank in Copenhagen, said in a phone interview.

The bank can produce an “unlimited supply of Danish kroner” to weaken the currency, he said. Biltoft declined to say whether steps to date have been coordinated with the European Central Bank, which backs Denmark’s peg.

Since the Swiss jettisoned their franc cap on Jan. 15, Denmark has fought back speculation its euro peg would be next. Taking Switzerland as a benchmark, where reserves rose as high as 80 percent of GDP at their peak, Denmark has a long way to go before it tests the limits of what’s been tried before, according to SEB AB, the Nordic region’s biggest currency trader.

“There should therefore be ample scope to increase interventions if the circumstances require it,” Johan Javeus, chief FX strategist at SEB in Stockholm, said in a note.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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