Iceland : Staff Report for the 2006 Article IV Consultation

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

August 8, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Over the last three years, a rapid expansion in domestic demand has dramatically widened the current account deficit in Iceland. Demand expanded faster than supply, and evidence of overheating is widespread. Monetary policy has tightened, but, until recently, the impact has been channeled primarily through the exchange rate. Despite hikes in the policy rate, increased competition in the mortgage market eased household credit conditions, and household indebtedness has surged. The financial market turbulence early in the year ended the favorable conditions that had allowed banks to fund rapid balance sheet growth.

Series:

Country Report No. 06/296

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 8, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451819328/1934-7685

Stock No:

1ISLEA2006001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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