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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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 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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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 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 money in circulation a liability of the central bank?

We know that the money today is fiat currency, that it is money because the government says it's so. So when new money is printed or loaned out to the commercial banks by buying treasury bonds, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Limits to Quantitative Easing Programmes

I have been reading recently on the quantitative easing programmes by the ECB and the BOJ, see http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/07/what-the-bank-of-japan-boj-will-do-now-that-negative-rates-have-...
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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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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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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 does a central bank create the money used for quantitative easing or lowering the value of their currency?

Up until last week, the Swiss central bank used Francs to buy Euros, in an effort to lower the value of the Franc; today the European central bank announced that it would use Euros to buy bonds in ...
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Is it possible to repay the world debt? If not, why do we care?

Let me apologize if my questions sound stupid to experts. I have no training in economics. I am just curious and puzzled. I couldn't find any answer to the questions below. As far as I have ...
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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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Who regulates the balancing of the books for commercial banks? How? 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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Why hasn't Quantitative Easing surged inflation, or caused hyperinflation?

Quantitative Easing (QE) is the buying of bonds and other financial assets by the Central Bank with high-powered money, or money created by the CB for this purpose. Isn't this ad-hoc creation of ...
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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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Why is national debt bad if the central bank can keep buying bonds?

When I read about national debt, it's usually about how debt is bad because with too much debt, debtors would demand higher interest rates. Eventually the government can't pay the interest, defaults, ...
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Why does any treasury / central bank hold gold?

I know the US treasury is slowly selling its gold reserves, but what is the actual mission and purpose when it comes to the holdings? What is the reasoning behind the slow rate of liquidation? I have ...
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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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Capital flight and interest rates

I am currently reviewing some stuff on capital flight and self-fulfilling crises. In this scenario, investors generally think that a low availability of reserves could imply that the central bank ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Is there a clear timeline of ECB/Eurosystem's changes to the defintion of M3 (with regard to repos)?

I found that circa 2012 the ECB/Eurosystem changed their definition of M3 to exclude at least some repos, which previously were included. According to a 2014 Bundesbank publication, the change ...
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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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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 ...