Press release

Advice on the countercyclical capital buffer 2017 Q2

Norges Bank has advised the Ministry of Finance to keep the countercyclical capital buffer for banks unchanged at 2 percent, effective from the end of 2017.

"In recent months, house price inflation has slowed, but household credit growth remains high. High property price inflation over a longer period and a persistent rise in household debt ratios suggest that financial imbalances have built up", says Governor Øystein Olsen.

Financial imbalances increase the risk of an abrupt decline in demand and bank loan losses. Low house price inflation and tighter bank lending will curb growth in household debt and could reduce household vulnerabilities further out.

In line with Norges Bank's advice, the Ministry of Finance decided today to keep the buffer rate unchanged at 2 percent at the end of 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Press service
Phone: +47 21 49 09 30
E-mail: presse@norges-bank.no

Bård Ove Molberg, Communications Adviser
Tel.: +47 22 31 64 61 | +47 95 02 15 23

Andreas Andersen, Head of Communications and External Relations
Tel.: +47 22 31 61 63 | +47 98 84 86 44

Published 22 June 2017 10:02
Press conference 22 June 2017 (in Norwegian)