The Riksbank’s forecast indicates the krona will strengthen. The current weakening could be temporary and the market ought not to read too much into recent fluctuations, said first deputy governor of the Riksbank Kerstin af Johnick to journalists in Copenhagen on Tuesday.
She also said that Swedish house prices may cool down somewhat but the Riksbank does not believe there will be a major drop in house prices.
The Riksbank is discussing whether the bank should introduce a digital currency, an e-krona, and if it did so it would be the first major central bank in the world to do so, reports the Financial Times.
Deputy governor of the Riksbank, Cecilia Skingsley, says, “This is just as revolutionary as paper notes were 300 years ago.”
According to a fresh report from Swedbank, if Britain decides to leave the EU it will likely lead to short term volatility on the world’s financial markets, which would strengthen the dollar and euro against the krona.
In the longer term Swedbank writes, “A Brexit will probably weaken the EU politically and economically. In turn this will affect Sweden negatively.” In particular the service sector, of which the UK is the third largest export market, will be sensitive. In 2014-2015 alone Swedish service exports increased by 44% to the country. Negotiating a new trade deal with the EU is also likely to take a long time, in the case of an exit.
Swedbank also considers there to be a risk that Sweden’s political influence in Brussels would fall. Sweden often votes with the UK and the bank deems that more power will be transferred to the eurozone in the case of a Brexit.