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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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Seemingly contradictory relationship between bond yields and economic growth?

I have a few seemingly contradictory ways of viewing the relationship between economic growth and bond yields: Reductions in FFR are largely induced by IOER. Since IOER and bonds are competing ...
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Why would foreign asset purchases by PBOC temper yuan appreciation?

Suppose the PBOC buys a bunch of dollar-denominated bonds, using its dollar reserves. All else equal, what effect should this have on the yuan-USD exchange rate? And why? It amounts to trading non-...
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What is the mechanism for when the fed purchases a gov't or corporate bond from a non bank?

My understanding is when the fed buys a bond from a bank they use bank reserves (bank reserves are swapped for a bond). How does the transaction differ when a non bank (ex hedge fund) is involved?
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Have Bernanke, Geithner, Paulson, or the Fed ever responded to Laurence Ball's accusations about Lehman?

Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson, and Timothy Geithner have repeatedly stated that they wanted to save Lehman Brothers but couldn't do so legally because Lehman didn't have enough collateral. Laurence Ball ...
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Are stimulus checks created out of thin air? [closed]

My question is regarding the checks which the US government has sent out during the pandemic. Below is a chart of M2 money supply increase as a result of it: It is also said that 40% of all the m2 ...
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Why would investment banks not care about their risky exposure to subprime mortgages?

At the end of The Big Short, Steve Carell's character asserts that the banks weren't acting stupid, and that they knew they were getting a bailout so they just didn't care. Why wouldn't they care? ...
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Target2 Balances at the ECB-will it lead to the collapse of the Euro?

Target 2 imbalances within the Eurosystem have continued to grow during 2020. Currently Germany is owed Eur 1TN by the other countries, principally Italy and Spain. If Germany at some point insists ...
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Why would a digital Yuan (or some other national currency turned into a CBDC) “help fast-track international settlements” in that currency?

I'm trying to understand the basis of this claim As the main mode of transaction in the world's second biggest economy, China's currency should be a natural contender for the spot. However, the U.S. ...
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Difference between 'Internal Debt' and 'Market Loans' in RBI public debt statistics

While perusing RBI public debt statistics, I am at my wits end in trying to figure out the table headers. I am unable to sum up any combination of them to get any other. Specifically, what is the ...
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Can the US government selectively cancel debt held by the Federal Reserve?

Sort of a follow-up to this question on the Politics SE, which asked about the US government cancelling debt held by China. From the answers to that question, this kind of selective default is not ...
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Why is market absorption of issued US Treasury Bonds (with the Fed purchase plan) a problem?

Financial market reports suggest that there are uncertainties about the Federal Reserve's ability to absorb new US Treasury Bonds issued in larger quantities to support the US government's growing ...
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Where can I retrieve a complete history of macro economic data annoucements?

I'd like to get the complete ( well at least the last 20 years) history of economic data announcement calendar firstly for US and secondly for G5 countries. I have found many websites that propose the ...
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Are there western governments that don't have to borrow in their own currency?

Are there any western and/or democratic countries where the central bank buys all government debt, interest free, directly from the treasury? I.e. are there any such countries where government ...
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Can banks 'create' money on their own or do they need help from other banks?

My current understanding of the banking money multiplication process goes as follows: Alice comes along and deposits 100 cash into Bank A. Bank A gains 100 in vault cash (reserves) as an asset and 100 ...
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Do open market operations permanently increase the money supply?

Suppose the Fed buys 1000 dollars worth of T-Bills in the open market to try decrease interest rates and increase the money supply. It does this by printing money and electronically increasing the ...
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Exogenous Money Supply

In the first 10 seconds of the following video: https://youtu.be/anZ58gZcxqk, A claim is made that in the Exogenous Money Supply Model, Money Supply is not determined by interest rates. The person ...
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Is it theoretically possible for a singular national currency to exist under a free banking system?

Free Banking is a proposed monetary system, usually by Austrian Economists, as an alternative to the prevalent Central Banking system. Under this arrangement, commercial banks would issue their own ...
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What is the point of monetary policy if most monetary variables are determined by non-monetary factors?

Monetary policy today is largely focused on setting interest rates in order to reach an inflation target / value of the currency. Interest rates are used to affect inflation by changing the demand and ...
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Railway Mania in England

William Quinn et al. in their Boom and Bust (Cambridge University Press) describe the causes of the Railway stock market bust in 1840s England. The outflow of gold due to problems with the harvest ...
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How does QE effect the collaterals?

For instance, the ECB accepts green bonds as collateral. And also they are more likely to include green bonds in a QE program. Does this face make a green bond more valuable? How would it work in a ...
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Fractional Reserve Banking

Highly contrived example with 3% reserve ratio: ...
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Will banks in the US continue to offer CDs?

Earlier this year, the Fed abolished the reserve requirement. My understanding was that the motivation for banks offering CDs was because the Fed didn't impose reserve requirements on CDs, so banks ...
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How would privately minted coins enter circulation?

I read a great article about private minting in early America that talks about some of the private minters whose copper, silver, and gold coins were widely circulated throughout the country without ...
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Why would a CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) be good for the economy?

I've read about CBDC, how it could be a cryptocurrency like digital payment system, that could replace fiat currencies. But what I don't get is what value would it give to the economy? Someone who ...
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Why do banks take deposits if they do not need them to make loans?

I have taken some economics courses in university, where I was introduced to fractional-reserve banking. From my understanding, in fractional-reserve banking, the bank has motivation to encourage ...
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Must a EU bank pay 500€ to the ECB, if I deposit 100k€ into that bank?

Given that the current ECB reserve rates are negative (-0.5%), I suspect that if I deposit 100k€ into a EU commercial bank, that bank must in turn deposit my money at the ECB and pay 500€/year to ECB (...
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How does the U.S. Fed printing money result in a debt for future generations?

I'm unclear when I see news articles about how the U.S. Treasury will borrow $2 Trillion in the second half of 2020, why would the Fed printing money result in a debt for future generations? I can ...
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How does the Fed's stimulus push stocks markets higher?

I read that the Fed’s stimulus last March has contributed to a spectacular rally in stock markets. And indeed S&P500 has increased a lot since March. But how does the mechanism work? How does the ...
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Why is the ECB asking EU banks to hold off on buybacks?

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ECB requested EU banks not to pay dividends as well as refraining from buying back their own shares until the end of 2020. And that even if they had already ...
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What measure of unemployment is used by central banks to find out whether the rate of unemployment is below the natural rate of unemployment?

Having an unemployment rate below the natural rate of unemployment (NRU) leads to wage inflation and a reduction in productivity. Seeing the consequences of that, and knowing that one of the roles of ...
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How can non-US banks issue USD loans?

I understand, commercial banks are entitled by the Central Bank to "create new money" when they issue a loan and correspondingly "destroy the money" when the loan is paid back (...
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Are quantitative easing and helicopter cash really different tactics? And how does QE relate to Modern Monetary Theory?

I've been trying to get a clear understanding of exactly what economists mean by Quantitative Easing (QE). It seems to me that different people mean different things by it. I find simplistic analogies ...
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How buying bonds indirectly from the government prevents the central bank from financing government deficit?

From Krugman's macroeconomic textbook (highlighting is mine): "In an open-market operation the Federal Reserve buys or sells some of the exist- ing stock of U.S. Treasury bills, normally through ...
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What is the difference between a bank's Treasury department and ALCO?

I know that the treasury manages and controls the bank's capital. While the Asset-Liability Committee deals with the assets and liabilities in order to stay solvent, right? What are the similarities ...
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Federal Reserve OMO money goes to the Treasury? [duplicate]

If Federal Reserve performs open market operation by selling government securities then Fed gets money, who keeps that money? Does it go to Federal Reserve Deposit or the department of Treasury or ...
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Why does the Fed feel the need to reduce its balance sheet? [closed]

Why does the Fed feel the need to reduce its balance sheet? What is the problem with the Fed having a large balance sheet long term? What would happen if the value on the Fed's balance sheet ...
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In credit easing, how do central banks avoid allegations of unequal treatment?

In credit easing, central banks purchase private assets such as corporate bonds. How do central banks choose which corporate bonds to buy? If the central bank buys bonds of one company but not those ...
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When the federal reserve buys bonds or other assets from banks, do the banks make a profit?

My understanding is that the federal reserve is injecting money in the market by buying bonds and debt from banks. Do the banks make a profit on the sale of their bonds or corporate debt to the feds?...
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How collateral easing measures complement PELTROs or TLTROs?

ECB introduced Collateral easing measures on 8th April to complement its already existing refinancing operations. Do banks have to keep some collateral with ECB while borrowing? This is when they are ...
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How do debt-free governments control the money supply?

From what I read in my introductory macroeconomics textbook, central banks can control the money supply by selling government bonds in the market (decreases money supply), or by buying government ...
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Who holds the Reverse Repo and Repo respectively in a Repurchase Agreement?

According to investopedia.com in this definition A reverse repurchase agreement, or "reverse repo", is the purchase of securities with the agreement to sell ...
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Are FedWire transfers and volume tracking exchanges of reserves between banks that have accounts at the Federal Reserve?

Looking at Fedwire® Funds Service - Monthly Statistics it appears that these transactions are between banks but I'm trying to confirm is whether the stuff they are exchanging is classified as reserves....
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Does a rate hike by the Central Bank increase or decrease inflation?

Mainstream economic theory tells us that, in order to decrease inflation, the CB increases its rates so as to decrease loan creation which should decrease Aggregate Demand and thus lower inflation. ...
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Why is it that when a bank provides loans to people, it is considered a 'liability' on the bank's balance sheet? (Khan Academy Video-Related)

I am watching the Khan Academy Banking Video Series: (https://youtu.be/On3c86V5A_E) . (https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/core-finance/money-and-banking/money-and-banking/banking-and-...
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How a countries interest rate (official cash rate in NZ) and inter-bank network determines retail interest rates?

In New Zealand, there is the OCR, which is the rate at which retail banks borrow from the central bank (https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/video.cfm?c_id=1&gal_cid=1&gallery_id=213767) ...
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How yield rates influence the “cost of borrowing” for borrowers

I am currently learning about quantitative easing, and I am having trouble understanding yield rates and how that influences the "cost of borrowing". This is the resource I am using. The lecturer ...
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Would saving money outside of banking system be able to reduce monetary base?

First of all, here is definition of monetary base taken from Investopedia A monetary base is the total amount of a currency that is either in general circulation in the hands of the public or in ...
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Ambiguity on a relation between inflation, interest rates, and central banks

When working on inflation, central banks, interest rates etc., I summarized the info in various sources as follows: When there is not enough money in the economy system, the money in circulation ...
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Do (any) governments or central banks have an explicit or econometrically probable policy to “prop up” stock market prices?

This assumption (that governments [in the a broad sense of the term] prop up stock prices deliberately) has been taken as a given/assumption in another question here. Is there evidence that they ...
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How does the Federal Reserve unwind the asset purchasing scheme announced in response to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic?

On Monday, 06 April, 2020 the Financial Times reported that the Federal Reserve balance sheet could increase to $9 trillion. This is partly due to the myriad of initiatives, some new, to protect the ...