First Female ECB President, Coming Up

European Central Bank

The euro soared when European Central Bank Mario Draghi passed his leadership to the former International Monetary Fund head, Christine Lagarde. The newly appointed president will focus on healing rifts among policymakers.

The first female ECB President Lagarde will take office this Friday. She claimed she aims to focus on gender equality, climate action, and jargon-free language. 

Lagarde’s newfound position brought tension to the central bank. As a lawyer in training, the governors claimed her leadership would “definitely be a change in style.”

The central bank’s governors worry about her lack of experience as an economist. They claimed she would have to depend on other people’s advice for policy implementation.

She argued that monetary policy did a lot in recent years, so finance and economic policy should complement it. 

The EUR/USD pair lifted 0.14% to $1.1095, but the EUR/GBP slid 0.15% at £0.8624. 

As the tension between EUR and ARS rises, the currency pair slumped down as far as 1.01% at $65.7151.

Lagarde Leaves a Mark

New ECB President Lagarde, though proudly the first woman head of ECB, is leaving a messy trail behind her. Her previous work as the IMF President nudged developed countries into an economic crisis.

The Argentine economy is in far worse shape than it was before the recently unseated Argentine President’s term. Lagarde’s replacement, Kristalina Georgieva, will inherit these problems alongside the Latin country.

Argentina borrowed $50 billion from the IMF to fix its plummeting economy last year. With the loan as the budget, they reduced interest rates that lead to a significant depreciation.

It turns out that the policies were better on paper: the program failed, and Argentines elected Alberto Fernandez as their new leader as the lesser evil.

IMF’s missteps lead to enriching advanced economies when developing countries accumulated foreign exchange reserves as insurance. Analyst suggests the IMF take its research on fiscal policy more seriously and manage its capital flows better.

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