Questions tagged [central-banking]

In reference to activities undertaken by the central bank mainly to influence nominal interest rates, money supply and, eventually, price levels.

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Applying Econometrics to Monetary Economics

I've been given a problem in which I am told that GDP is a function of the supply of money, prices and demand, $$Y = (M/P)^\delta$$ Taking logs, $$\log(Y) = \alpha + \beta \log(m - p) +u$$ ...
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What is the difference between the discount window and Fed repos?

I'm wondering how the Fed's discount window differs from it's involvement in the repo market. To the best of my knowledge, both are tools used to conduct monetary policy and both are also short-term, ...
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Why do banks keep vault cash instead of depositing all reserves at the central bank?

In what way to commercial banks benefit from keeping some of their excess reserves in the vault as opposed to depositing all of their excess reserves with the central bank (assuming the central bank ...
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Why don't central banks just donate money to their poor citizens, rather than QE?

Why don't they prioritize paying their citizens directly (Americans in this case) over providing liquidity, repo, buying bonds, and lowering interest rates? I have a BA in Economics, so hope this isn'...
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Can quantative easing be summarized as “The state prints cash to pay its debt to private sector”?

I find that most sources describe quantitative easing in an overly complicated way that obscures what it basically means. As far as I understand a central bank is a public entity owned by a state, ...
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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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China benchmark rates and Shibor relationship (chart)

I made the chart below for an assignment on People's Bank of China monetary policy during the financial crisis. The problem is that it got me very confused about the relationship between these ...
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Why did the central bank of China raised the amount of repos during the financial crisis?

According to the PBOC monetary reports, the total amount of repos conducted went from 1.27 trillion yuan in 2007 to 3.3 in 2008 and further increased to 4 trillion in 2009. It wasn't until 2012 that ...
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central banking using the term reserve

The central bank of united states is called federal reserve and central bank of india is called Reserve bank of india. What does the term reserve in central bank mean??
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How to calculate bond price and the relationship between bond price and repo rate?

Suppose that there is a gilt Tr 7.5pc '06 in 2006 with interest yield 7,32% and redemption yield 4.31%. How can I compute the price of this gilt per 100 face value. The problem is that the numbers I ...
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World GDP increase

How does the world GDP increase? The world GDP tends to increase on average every year (exception being years of global recession). If in year x the world GDP was 100 million dollars, how can the ...
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How does an increase in the minimum reserve requirement affect the monetary base?

Monetary base is defined as currency+currency held by banks+deposits of banks at central bank. We assume that the current reserve is below the minimum reserve requirement. Which component of monetary ...
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Relevance of central bank

Why do we need central bank ? surely the government can print currency and regulate banks by conducting audits through finance ministry and so on. Why do we need central bank ?
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What does it mean to “kickstart the economy”?

This answer claims that: the central banks have been lowering and lowering [interest] rates, desperate to kickstart the economy, but it's not been working What does "kickstart the economy" mean ...
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What are the indices used to determine the quantity of Euro permitted to be printed by an individual National Central Bank of the Eurosystem?

I learnt that the European Central Bank manages the printing of currencies in by delegating the printing to each participating members of the Eurosystem. What are the indices used to determine the ...
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What happens when a country's central bank significantly reduces the available currency?

The central bank of Iraq has significantly reduced the note count from 55 Trillion to 5 trillion. Logic would dictate that when a supply is reduced the value of the item that has been reduced will ...
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bank lending channel and bank capital channel: mechanism step by step

In any definition of these concepts, I miss the first step: how exactly does expansionary or contractionary (rate changes, req. reserve changes, ... ) monetary policy affect bank deposits and bank ...
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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 is there a big change in the money supply at the beginning of each month?

I was watching Argentina's daily change in monetary base for a selected period and there is a clear spike at the beginning on each month. Then during the month it slowly goes down until reaching ...
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Decreasing interest rate effect on economy

Central banks decrease sometimes the interest rate by saying this has positive effect on the economy and the development of countries. One of the reasons is that it can be easier to do investments (...
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Do central banks pay their staff and other costs with money that they create?

Central banks like the Bank of England and the Fed must cover their costs. I was wondering how they do this? I can think of two possible mechanisms: Government allocates money from its tax revenue to ...
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How does a government implement negative interest rates in practical terms?

We usually understand interest rates from a very simple story "you went to a bank ans asked to borrow money, the bank agrees but requires you to return an extra amount be the end of the loan term, ...
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The centralized shift from barter to currency economy

Suppose some ancient king of small bronze age city-state wants to introduce universal currency instead of barter that is currently in overwhelming practice in his kingdom. In order to smooth the shift,...
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Question on Central bank loss function interpretation

How do you interpret this central bank’s loss function: $$L(\hat x, \pi)=\alpha \hat{x}^2+(\pi-\pi^T)^2$$ where $\alpha >0$ and $\hat x$ is output gap. Phillips curve is $\pi = \theta \hat{x}+\...
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Central bank loss function (I did a solution, but it doesn’t totally make sense I guess)

I have question on central bank loss function. We know that the central bank loss function is $$L(\pi, \bar{Y})= (\pi- \pi^e)^2+\beta \bar {Y}^2$$ And we know that fisher equation is $$i=r+\pi^e$$...
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Initial creation of reserves

I am currently reading the book "Where does money come from?" which is co-authored by Richard Werner after I took the "Money and Banking"-class in coursera by Perry Mehrling. There are certain ...
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When the Central Bank sells a bond, where does the money go ultimately?

As the accepted answer points out, the premise of my question was flawed. Thank you for the dispelling of my wrong assumptions. The original question follows. There are two related questions (and ...
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What does the Bank of England do with the interest it receives?

Seeing as the Bank of England is free to create money, is the interest it receives meaningful? What does the bank do with it?
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What happened to the money multiplier after QE?

QE meant that the monetary base increased dramatically, yet we don't see such a large reaction in money supply (I am thinking of M4 for the UK) nor in inflation. Why is this money not being lent out? ...
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How is seigniorage redistributed in the Eurozone?

An ECB page notes that: As euro banknotes travel freely across borders, at any one time the number of banknotes in circulation registered at each national central bank can vary enormously. The ...
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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 it possible to repay the world debt? If not, why do we care?

First of all, let me apologize if the coming questions may sound stupid to expert. I am no expert in economics, I have no training nor I have followed any traditional curse. I am just curious (and ...
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Why are the Fed's goals often described as the “dual mandate” and not the “triple mandate”?

The Federal Reserve Act Section 2A states: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee shall maintain long run growth of the monetary and credit ...
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Fed must hold collateral equal in value to notes in circulation

The Fed's website has a FAQ "Is U.S. currency still backed by gold?". Part of the answer writes: The Congress has specified that Federal Reserve Banks must hold collateral equal in value to the ...
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Nominal vs real growth of monetary base

Can someone clarify the difference between nominal and real growth of monetary base? I believe it is the policy of some central banks to target for example 0% nominal growth in the monetary base. What ...
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Central bank loss function

$$ L_t = \gamma(\pi_t - \pi_t^\otimes)^2 + \hat{Y}_t^2 $$ Central banks loss function is given by the equation above. This loss is increasing and convex in the distance from the inflation target, i.e....
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What does it mean when a discount lender “rediscount[s] reserves”?

I was reading a wikipedia article about the evolution of global financial system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_financial_system#Interwar_period:_1915%E2%80%931944. In the passage about the ...
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Does the Federal Reserve have bank accounts for banks?

Banks are constantly transferring electronic dollars to each other. There must be an entity that tracks how many digital dollars each bank has. Does the Federal Reserve have "accounts" for banks? In ...
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Did the robbers from Money Heist real steal noone's money?

Money Heist (original Spanish title: La Casa de papel) is a Spanish TV show about a bank heist. From Wikipedia (bolding mine), In Money Heist, a mysterious man, known as "The Professor", is ...
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Why do many countries hoard gold bars?

In my country, the only legal way to sell a gold bar is to sell it to the central bank. What are the reasons why some countries hoard gold bars?
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How do central banks earn profit?

I thought of Central banks as the regulators of financial markets. But surplus reserves of some Central banks surpass giant corporate companies. Please explain me how do they manage to make profit in ...
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Would capitalism without banks work?

According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, capitalism is "an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, ...
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Why don't we mint more m0 instead of creating m1 through fractional reserve banking?

From what I understand, m1 money is just as liquid as m0 since an individual can withdraw it from the bank at any time and in any quantity (up to the amount (s)he deposited). Because of this I don't ...
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Why doesn't the central bank extend loans directly?

I've been thinking about the credit theory of money lately and how it creates money. Since Banks look for sufficient reserves after extending a loan, and since the central bank always loans out money ...
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Understanding interest rates

When a central bank 'pays' interest rate X / year, what does it mean exactly? Is that pure money printing? Where does that money (interest rate) come from? does it increase the debt of the country? A ...
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Where the money from QE goes

So when QE is used (or something similar that results in printing mone), where does the newly created money go? Does some entity get free money? Why is that allowed?
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Why would a rise in the discount rate stop foreign gold drain and make banks fail?

I am reading "Capitalism and Freedom" by Milton Friedman. In Chapter 3, "The control of Money", Dr. Friedman explains how the Fed exacerbated the Great Depression of the 1930s. In particular: In ...
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Why do central banks print money? [duplicate]

If a country's central bank prints money, it causes inflation. However, apparently, small amounts of inflation is a good thing. Why is the case? What would happen if central banks stopped printing ...
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How does changing the Bank of England base rate work?

If we assume the demand for money (D above) is fixed in this position (for the purposes of this question), and supply (S) is fixed in this position, then how can the BoE change market interest rates (...