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Implications of abolishing Fractional Reserve Banking on mortgages and interest rates

Suppose for a moment that someone with legislative power decides to abolish Fractional Reserve Banking and passes a law that forces banks to only lend the money they own, that is M0. What would be the ...
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What is the necessity of the FDIC in the US banking system?

A bank's basic function is to "borrow short and lend long". In other words, it borrows money from depositors over the short term, promising to repay it on demand, while it lends most of that money out ...
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How is monetary policy fair in the current economy? [closed]

I've just read Money Creation in the Modern Economy, an article published by the Bank of England. This article brings about a lot of questions in my mind. This article talks about money being created ...
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Federal Reserve capital injections

What were the specific conditions that the Federal Reserve attached to the capital injections forced upon the major Wall St. banks during the Great Recession? How and why do they differ from normally ...
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Why is fractional reserve banking allowed?

I learned about banks' fractional reserves and that revolted me. How is that not considered to be fraud? The idea doesn't seem too sophisticated, on the contrary, it sounds very simple: the bank ...
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How much money is wire transferred every year worldwide?

How much money is wire transferred every year worldwide? Estimates are fine.
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Why hasn't massive derivatives exposures at banks already led to disaster?

I recently heard that Deutsche Bank had $72trillion of "derivatives exposure", which is many times greater then the entire German GDP. Now as I understand it, derivatives are essentially just bets ...
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How does a bank convert one currency to another?

Say for example I sell ZAR and buy USD. What happens behind the scenes so that the local ZAR bank is able to deposit USD into my account? Does the bank require some sort of USD cash reserve? How do ...
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Who regulates the balancing of the books for commercial banks and how is this done? Is it public information?

I've just read Money Creation in the Modern Economy, an article published by the Bank of England. This article brings about a lot of questions in my mind. This article talks about money being created ...
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How important are capital requirements for controlling broad money supply?

Interestingly, the Bank of England (BoE) is one of the few central banks that does not have reserve requirements. Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and Hong Kong have no reserve ...
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What is Islamic Banking?

What is "Islamic banking," and how is it similar to and different from banking as it occurs in the U.S.? I have heard Shariah Law prohibits usury, the taking of interest on loans. How do Muslim ...
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Could massive derivatives exposures at banks lead to disaster?

A while back I posted this question about the possible risks of banks having massive derivatives exposures. The most upvoted answer (by BKay) said that there was little risk because banks mainly hold ...
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What is the justification for it being a problem if loans are not paid back?

As far as I could understand, the loan system applied by banks which is based on a fractional reserve system works as follows: Assumptions: The bank has initially 1000$. The fractional reserve is ...
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Sanity of lending out made-up money

Background I've done some research to get an understanding into the issue I want to ask about. Regrettably, I found out general descriptions of the mechanism and/or evidently biased explanations, ...
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How does the fractional reserve banking system work?

I would like to understand better exactly how this works. I have heard a lot recently (particularly since the 2007-08 crash and Occupy movement) about money creation in particular (usually with a very ...
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If banks create money by lending it out, how are they taking any risk?

When I lend money to someone and they don't pay it back, I lose my money. I can only lend out money that I own (or borrow). I understand that when a bank lends money, that money is created the ...
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Isn't the liquidity trap about real interest rates?

Here is a so-called thought experiment. Suppose the inflation rate is negative, the nominal interest rate slightly negative, and the real interest rate positive (call it $r$). I think people would ...