Pierce O’Reilly, Kevin Parra Ramirez, Michael A. Stemmer, 31 January 2020

Since the G20 declared in 2009 that “the era of bank secrecy is over”, jurisdictions have implemented an unprecedented range of measures designed to increase tax transparency by ensuring that information on foreign financial assets would be disclosed to tax authorities. This column presents the main results from a recent study on the impact of exchange of information on foreign-owned bank deposits in international financial centres. The findings highlight the effectiveness of the expansion of automatic exchange of information and provide evidence of the success of a comprehensive multilateral approach towards tax transparency.

Philippe Bacchetta, 02 May 2018

The proposed Swiss sovereign money initiative, which will be put to a popular vote in June 2018, would be a drastic reform to the monetary system. If implemented, all sight deposits in Swiss francs would come off commercial bank balance sheets and be deposited at the Swiss National Bank. This column argues that the initiative ignores most of what we know about macroeconomics or monetary economics. It would generate an aggregate loss, reduce stability, interfere with fiscal and monetary policy, and undermine the independence of the central bank. 

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