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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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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How have central banks been injecting currency after crises since 2007?

In an article by Jean-Michel Naulot about the 2007–2008 financial crisis, I read (my translation): Although central banks had an exemplary reaction at the time of the [2007–2008] crisis, they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why currency purchasing power is linked to confidence in central banks

From the New Statesman, http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/economy/2016/02/coming-storm, "Ever since the collapse of the Bretton Woods system of pegged exchange rates in 1971, the sole guarantee ...
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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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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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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 does the European Central Bank use the 5y5y rate to measure inflation

I cannot understand why the 5y5y swap rate measures inflation. I can see how the floating rate somewhat measures the rate of interest rates which are related to inflation. However I cannot understand ...
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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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Why did the Swiss National Bank abandon its currency peg so suddenly?

There are many theories about why the Swiss National Bank (SNB) abandoned its currency peg a few days ago. My question is more specific: why did they make the change so sudden? Why not reduce the ...
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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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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 did the Swiss National Bank use to purchase EUR while pegging the Franc to the Euro?

To peg its currency (CHF) to the Euro (EUR), the Swiss National Bank (SNB) made purchases of EUR to the tune of several hundred billion. By reducing the supply of EUR, the SNB made the EUR relatively ...
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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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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 rate hikes and credit demand

Can someone help me unpack the quoted statement below? Trying to understand how the supply of credit influences the fed raising rates. I guess, why do rates rise or fall in conjunction if the fed ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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The independence of Central Banks [closed]

How do such digital currencies such as Bitcoin affect the independence of Central Banks? Thank you
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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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What does a central bank guarantee against its currency?

During the Bretton Woods system, currencies were issued against gold. In contemporary times, what is the real thing against which currency is issued? What does the fiat currency actually guarantee?
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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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Hyman Minsky's view on Bank Examination

In Stabilizing an Unstable Economy (1986), Hyman Minsky argues that "bank examination is largely perfunctory... rather than an inquiry into the economic viability and the exposures to risk of banking ...
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Why does a stronger currency have a tightening effect on economic conditions?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2015/12/central-bank-predictability Ever since 1987, banks have been willing to cut rates when markets have wobbled. Driving down bond yields has been an ...
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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 (...
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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 are required reserves so trivially low?

We know that required reserves are the reserves that central bank requires banks to hold in reserves. Reserves= Required Reserves +Excess reserves. But I see that in 2017 Total Reserves (RESBALNS) = ...
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How does reverse repo rate affect money supply?

What is the impact of increase/ decrease of reverse repo rate on Monetary Base, Money multiplier and therefore, overall money supply?
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Is it possible to have a modern economy without a central bank?

Many mainstream economists say that such thing is impossible. Is there some specific reason why the financial system needs a central bank? In this video http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BcuAOdXD0Go, ...
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Is there merit to the argument of reducing the US trade deficit

Is the merit to the argument of reducing the US trade deficit and the inequitable tariff regime imposed by its trading partners that works unfavorably towards the US. Does this give merit to the ...