• The countercyclical capital buffer will reduce the risks of rapid credit growth at the banks and the chances of a credit boom occurring
  • The buffer rate is being set at 0% in Estonia for now as credit growth is in line with GDP growth
  • The central bank will assess the need... more
  • he risks to financial stability in Estonia have increased slightly, though they remain small
  • Weak external demand and rapidly rising labour costs are hurting the ability of companies to repay loans
  • The credit and real estate boom in Sweden and Norway is increasing the... more

Changes to the Eesti Pank Act came into force on 19 May 2014 giving the central bank a clearer mandate than before to act as a macroprudential authority in Estonia. Due to its renewed duties Eesti Pank has drawn up a framework that specifies the objectives of macroprudential policy and the role... more


Three requirements for commercial banks issuing housing loans start to apply from this week. They are a precautionary measure by Eesti Pank to reduce the risks of a lending bubble inflating in the future.

Governor of Eesti Pank Ardo Hansson explained that the move by the central bank... more


The requirements regulating the issuing of housing loans are intended to strengthen the resilience of borrowers and lenders against unfavourable economic developments, and to limit excessive credit growth in the growth phase of the credit cycle and in turn contain the increase in real estate... more

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