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Bank of Canada operating band

I read the following quote about the Bank of Canada's "operating band" for inducing target overnight loan rates: ...
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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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Banks are allowed to print money out of thin air. Black magic or what? [duplicate]

Today it is wide spread notion that the commercial banks cat create a money out of thin air. Simply by typing numbers on computer. Every time a bank gives a load to a borrower, the loan money do not ...
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The financial crisis in 2008 explained in my own words [closed]

I'd like to double check if I understand the cause of the financial crisis in 2008. Correct me where I'm wrong please. So when people buy a house they can take a mortgage. This is basically a loan ...
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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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Shouldn't the total global debt amount to zero and not $253 trillion?

In Jan 2020, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) came out with a report (read summary here) that the total global debt is expected to climb to a new all-time high of more than $257 trillion ...
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Do reserves at Bank of Canada count as money?

I read the following three statements concerning M1 and M2 in Canada: a) "M1 consists of currency held outside the banks and chequable deposits of individuals and businesses." b) "M1 does not ...
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In the context of banking, how (if at all) do the terms 'capital', 'net worth', and 'equity' differ?

In banking, are the three terms capital, net worth, and equity simply identical and exact synonyms? If not, how do they differ? (Aside: And what about in other contexts? For example, does the same ...
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Fed vs Treasury: 2008

Re-visiting the issue of the Troubled Assets Relief Programme (https://www.thebalance.com/tarp-bailout-program-3305895), both the Treasury and the Federal Reserve had a role to play in the "bailout". ...
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Why shutdown the banks (Greece)?

What benefit is there to shutting down the banks in Greece? It seems that this would do more harm than good. Won't this impede economic growth by not allowing companies and startups access to capital? ...
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Is it possible that total virtual money i.e. total money in all bank account around the world can increase the total money produced by mankind? [closed]

I am not an expert of economics so please give advise me if I have committed any mistake. This question striked in my mind a few months ago, I tried to think on this question many times but I wasn't ...
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Central banking in Saudi Arabia

People say that central bank with autonomy is needed to avoid political business cycle but then how do we explain the existence of central bank in arab oil exporting countries like saudi arabia where ...
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How do I find monthly domestic interest rates for Panama for the early nineties?

I am looking for monthly domestic interest rates for Panama from before December 1996. Any type of interest rate will suffice - deposit rate, money market rate, saving rate, lending rate. The time ...
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Does Efficient Market Hypothesis make anticipated monetary policies useless?

Since the market perfectly captures all the information, is it true that any anticipated monetary policy has no impact on equity prices? Or the “information” has an immediate impact but the “event” ...
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Is there a relationship between stock market hedge fund leveraging and the repo market?

Lately there have been many articles attempting to link repo-market borrowing with equity market increases. 1 I can see a link if the hedge fund is buying treasuries or mbs and financing it by using ...
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How did convicted criminals, drug runners, and gun smugglers cannibalize the thrifts and use them for their own nefarious purposes (US, 1970s & 80s)? [closed]

Randall Wray writes (2016, Why Minsky Matters, p. 172): Believe it or not, even convicted criminals, drug runners, and gun smugglers moved in to cannibalize the thrifts and use them for their own ...
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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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Why should government bonds have been a part of FSB rules on repo markets? [closed]

Since the financial crash, reforms have been made by the FSB, I would like to know why there is the opinion that government bonds should have been part of FSB rules on repo markets
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why did the 2008 financial crisis happen inspite of banks having 85% insurance on deposits in U.S.?

I read What Happened in 2008? which gives some idea and similar things are happening in India. Seems India's 2019/2020 is similar yet different as millions are educated unemployed. While I can ...
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Do banks take money to repay deposits from required reserves?

Say I deposit 200 dollars in the bank and 20 dollars is set aside for the required reserves. Other customers also deposit money and more money goes into the required reserves. If I go and get the 200 ...
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Where does the money required for reserves and loans come from?

I understand that banks must keep a certain percentage of money in its reserves and it can loan the rest out. What I don't understand is how the money supply increases For example, let's take a ...
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What justifies the authority of a bank to create money when they make loans?

This is somewhat of a political or philosophical question. As explained by the Bank of England and elsewhere, the majority of broad money is created by credit to banks' accounts when they make loans. ...
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Why do banks loan at APR < 6%, when they can invest that principal in ETFs?

I screenshot the picture beneath from HSBC HK's website. Scroll down a quarter of the way, and click on 'Rates' to download that PDF. I ask just about loans under my green horizontal line. Canadian ...
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Moderation effect of a variable [closed]

Should we include some control variables in regressions when we test a moderation effect of a variable?
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Why do commercial banks buy government bonds at negative interest rates instead of keeping cash?

I know commercial banks need to meet liquidity requirements, but why would they choose to invest their money in an instrument that is guaranteed to give them a negative return, instead of just keeping ...
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statistics about loaning tradeoff

It is very likely that Banks have more loans that have been repaid compared to loans that have not been repaid. Otherwise the bank would lose money instead of money. (otherwise the bank will go ...
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Banks providing loans

Banks are providing loans. While granting a loan two scenarios can take place The Loan is repaid The Loan is not-repaid The benefit from a re-payed loan is small profit. (Let's say 5% in general) ...
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How does a bank create new money when it pays its own staff?

I am reading Ryan-Collins et al. (2013, Where Does Money Come From? A Guide to the UK Monetary and Banking System). I think I understand how banks create new money whenever they make a loan. Using ...
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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 ...
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Investments during recession

During Recession, banks loans decrease which leads to financial constraints and ultimately Investment suffers and declines. my question is - "Are loans lower because of demand or supply?" My ...
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Is money mostly created (out of nothing) by banks making loans?

In the Bank of England's Quarterly Bulletin, 2014 Q1, McLeay, Radia, & Thomas write a pair of articles titled: "Money in the modern economy: an introduction" and "Money creation in ...
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One Week U.S. GC REPO Bid Rate Exceeds Ask Rate

I have recently downloaded a time-series of one-week U.S. Generalized Collateral Repurchase Agreement Rates from Bloomberg (Ticker: USRGCY1Z CURNCY). While looking through the data, I noticed that the ...
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What happens to net assets in case of increasing NPAs(Non-Performing assets)?

The bank's profit is measured as Return on Assets which is the ratio of Bank’s net profits and Net assets. In case of increasing NPAs, the bank's net profits will decrease, but what will happen to ...
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What would happen if fractional banking was phased out? [duplicate]

There are negative interest rates now and into the foreseeable future. This must mean there is too much money being offered compared to the demand for loans. Fractional banking acts as a multiplier on ...
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Can the New Development Bank by BRICS countries compete with World Bank or IMF?

The BRICS countries have created the New Development Bank with an initial pool of $100 billion. What factors will determine if the NDB can ever compete with World Bank, ADB or the IMF?
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Why was the Glass-Steagall Legislation enacted?

I realize that the part of the reason the Glass-Steagall act was enacted was to ensure that banks do not invest customer's deposits into risky securities, but what was the rationale for separating ...
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Can a bank have deposits at another bank?

Can a bank create an account at another bank and get a loan in the form of deposits at that bank? If so, could these deposits at the other bank be used to satisfy the first bank's reserve/liquidity ...
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How is monetary policy sustainable, or even fair, in the current economy? [closed]

I've just read Money Creation in the Modern Economy, an article published by the Bank of England. I'm trying to wrap my head around this from multiple points of view, since it brings about a lot of ...
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Why is common stock included in bank capital?

Capital represents the loss-absorbing capacity of a bank. I do not understand how shares issued in the past provide any indication of a bank's loss-absorbing capacity. I understand that common equity ...
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In what kind of economic environment would the cliche of “keeping money under the mattress” be warranted?

I'm trying to apply (ideally empirical-backed) economic theory to an age-old cliche. We must be very articulate about the assumptions, because if it's a total collapse of the dollar, then that ...
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How successful is the Islamic banking model?

Under Islamic law (Sharia), any interest is considered usury and is prohibited. This makes banking in Islamic ruled countries difficult as the normal way for banks to create profit is through lending ...
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How do people check or trust that central bank is not cheating? [closed]

How people can be sure that somebody, cooperating with central bank (or working in it), is not creating money in digital or paper form for themself, so that nobody else notices it?
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Is there any mainstream criticism of the Benes-Kumhof conclusion that the Chicago Plan would improve the US economy nowadays?

A 2012 IMF Working paper by Benes and Kumhof "The Chicago Plan Revisited " has this abstract, finding in favor of the Chicago Plan an all counts basically: At the height of the Great Depression a ...
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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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Why was the Bank of England nationalized after World War 2?

After the Second World War the new Labour government nationalised the Bank of England. Did this give the British Government any new capabilities? For example, could the Government print money before ...
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Which measure of total loans is more relevant to Financial Stability?

I am writing a paper on the financial stability of the banking sector. One factor im looking at is the amount of new loans or credit issued (credit growth). I have two different total loan measures. ...
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Lifeboat vs bailout

I have encountered the term lifeboat in these two contexts: Floating a “lifeboat”: The Banque de France and the crisis of 1889 The 1974 rescue in the UK's secondary-banking crisis. Is the term ...
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What country has the highest requirements for loans?

I was looking to find countries with the toughest regulations on loans(general loans not any specific ones) By that I mean: I mainly care to know where it is toughest for people to get a loan from a ...
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What's the combined wealth of the US banks?

How much is the amount of money of the US banks? In terms of: assets their own money (the banks make profits and they can keep the profits for further investments) The question is only about the ...
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What are the costs of requiring banks to have more equity?

In The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It (2013), Admati & Hellwig recommend much higher equity requirements: Requiring that banks’ equity be at least on the ...