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Twenty-five years of the euro: How the introduction of the single currency changed the conduct of monetary policy and payment and securities settlement systems in the euro area

02 April 2024
The “test” Belgium had to pass to be admitted to the monetary union with a single currency included conditions…

When are you planning to retire?

11 March 2024
Retirement is an important step in life, and there are more and more question marks hanging over the issue for workers.…
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Public finances

Beware of the snowball!

15 February 2024
Public debt is sensitive to changes in interest rates. Rising rates can, under certain conditions, cause the debt-to-GDP…

A truly singular currency turns 25

11 January 2024
“It’s not possible. It’s a bad idea. It won’t last.” Such was the pessimism expressed by many renowned…
Are interest rates going to drop?

Are interest rates going to drop?

16 November 2023
Most observers expect the ECB’s next interest rate move to be a cut and that while such a decision may not be taken…
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What do bonds and Trivial Pursuit have in common?

09 November 2023
Like the questions in the board game Trivial Pursuit, bonds are increasingly being categorised by theme. In its…
Financial stability

What does the National Bank of Belgium have to do with insurance?

26 October 2023
Not many people are aware that quite a few insurance experts - actuaries, economists, finance specialists, lawyers and…
Digital Euro

Virtual cash in your pocket: soon a reality?

18 October 2023
Imagine being able to pay in cash, but without cash. In other words, to make virtual payments without notes or coins,…
Les femmes au cœur du prix Nobel d’économie !
Gender gap

What are “greedy jobs” and why do women avoid them?

13 October 2023
The Nobel Prize in Economics, a historically male-dominated affair, was this year awarded to the American economist…

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