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Central bankers cannot afford to ignore the pain in commodities

Bailouts are a last resort but action will be inevitable if market stress becomes systemic

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Central bankers cannot afford to ignore the pain in commodities

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Karen Petrou In the midst of chaos there is always volatility, and the commodities sector is very much feeling the pain. This has led to growing speculation that central banks will step in if unprecedented price swings show signs of systemic impact. I do not know any central banker who wants to bail out commodities, but if market stress turns systemic, they will act. Indeed, even if the stress seems manageable, they may intervene if they believe public welfare is...

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