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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Does only enough money exist to pay the principal on all debts, and none for the interest or for anything else?

This is reported to be the testimony of Marriner Eccles, Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, before the House Committee on Banking and Currency, on September 30, 1941. Does this mean that only ...
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How does the central bank changing interest rates change interest rates in the commerical banking sector?

I understand that the federal reserve manipulates the federal fund rate in order to change interest rates in the wider banking sector. What I am struggling to understand is how the changing the ...
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Can the central bank interest rate policy still control inflation?

Historically, central banks have been using interest rate policy to control inflation. In current times, most rates have been going ever lower, but it seems to be incapable of driving inflation up. ...
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Why should I get a bond with negative interest instead of having a bank deposit account either zero interest or positive interest

I don't get why central banks apply negative interest rates. They say that buy our bond and at the maturity, it will worth less than today. What is the policy outcome of such decision? Why an investor ...
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Can a government or central bank work to reduce inflation without hiking interest rates and causing the currency to appreciate?

Since trying to lower inflation will have some undesirable consequences, such as currency appreciation, which hurts exports, should governments and central banks keep hands off on inflation? But ...
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Is there any scientific proof that 2%-3% target inflation rate is ideal?

There are a couple of central banks (RBA, Federal reserve for example) that use inflation rate as a key indicator to regulate their official cash rates. Those target inflation rates usually range ...
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Positive examples of central bank interest rates adjustments policies

I'm looking for sources, maybe scientific articles, that study the effectiveness of central bank interest rate adjustments. Specifically, I'm looking for some kind of a proof by example, where a ...
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If central banks become shareholders, where can investors go?

The ECB is buying corporate bonds. It could eventually also buy shares. What would be left for investors to invest in? Letting bank shareholders pay for bailouts resulted in crashes of their shares. ...
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Solvency and liquidity. How to understand them? Should Central Banks only lend to solvent but illiquid banks?

Solvency: Long-term liabilities are covered by assets(with value measured at maturity, not at market-to-market) Liquidity: short-term liabilities are covered by assets which can be sold in the short-...
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Do you have a list of books about the evolution of the banking sector?

I'm looking for interesting books to read about the banking sector. Topics: Changes in the banking sector, Adaptation of financial services in the digital age, European and US banking regulations ...
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How exactly does a central bank determine how much to cut/increase interest rates?

We all know under what circumstances a central bank tries to cut interest rate and when it tries to increase interest rates, but how do those people know exactly by how much it should change? I mean, ...
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Connection between negative interest rates and negative bond yields

In an answer to one of my other questions: Why does falling global bond yields signal coming deflation, the answerer states: Whereas central banks set rates by policy, long term bond yields are ...
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Isn't money moving towards central bank in the long run?

Central banks typically pumps money into the system by : lending out to private banks buying govt bonds But in both these cases won't the central bank get back more money when it ends it's position (...
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How government borrowing from central bank increases money supply in economy?

Yes, public finance by government may lead to increase in money supply in economy. But, if govt borrows money from central bank, less amount of money is left with central bank to lend it to banks and ...
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Why does BOJ unchanged rate lead to Nikkei and Topix declines?

Why does the BOJ's decision to leave rates unchanged lead to a stronger yen and declines in the Nikkei and Topix? Thanks in advance!
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What is the list of countries where the central bank prints money?

Is there a list of the countries where the central bank is creating money, today ? How much ? We know for: EUR: Euro countries (since ECB QEs) (and euro-bound countries as DKK ?) YEN: Japan (BOJ '...
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Money supply control vs. interest rate control

In a macroeconomics book I'm reading, the author talks about money supply control vs. interest rate control as two different approaches in monetary policy of a central bank. With the goal of price ...
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Central Banks and Price Stability

Are there any empirical studies on the question of whether independent central banks cause price stability? I am seeking to understand if independence (of the central monitory authority) is part of ...
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Why did the Fed raise interest rates between 2004 and 2006?

Between June 2004 and August 2006, the Fed raised interest rates again and again, because they were "...growing more uncomfortable about inflation". Looking at the graph below, inflation did increase,...
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Gold and loss of faith in central banking

In this article here, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/gold/gold-resurgence-whos-buying-gold-and-why/ , it states that "gold tends to do....best when markets lose faith in central banking". I ...
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Why do national governments not rent money from central banks directly? [closed]

The central bank gives money to the business banks, who then give that money to people, companies and government agencies/units. When a government controls the central bank, why doesn't the ...
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How to make deliberate devaluation or depreciation of a currency?

It is said in Wikipedia, that devaluation can be done as monetary policy act. But HOW this can be done if there is no fixed rate? What are actual tools Central Bank can use? One thing I can imagine ...
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How much leverage has the Federal Reserve taken on today (Jan 2016)?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/12/big-short-genius-says-another-crisis-is-coming.html?mid=twitter-share-di What makes you most nervous about the future? Debt. The idea that growth will ...
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Is the ECB a lender of last resort for european governments?

One of the usual functions of a Central Bank is to be the last resort of commercial banks, and governments. Does the ECB behave in this usual way toward European Governments? What about toward banks?...
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What effect would raising reserve requirements while printing money have?

It is generally accepted, that printing money will be inflationary, as it increases the money supply without a corresponding real growth of the economy. At the same time, if the central bank ...
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Why didn't the money printing by the US Federal Reserve since 2008 lead to inflation?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/liamhalligan/8484530/Americas-reckless-money-printing-could-put-the-world-back-into-crisis.html America's reckless money-printing could put the world back ...
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Does the Fed use misinformation as a tool for good monetary policy?

The Congress established the statutory objectives for monetary policy-- maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates --in the Federal Reserve Act. http://www....
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Fractional reserve banking and bank insolvency

I am trying to understand the fractional reserve banking system (with say 10 % reserve ratio). If a bank becomes insolvent because 100 % of the loans of a bank go bust, then who really becomes liable ...
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What happens to Fed's balance sheet when its asset shrink in value?

What happens to Fed's balance sheet when its asset shrink in value? I noticed that Fed's balance sheet is special because I do not see any O.E. category (correct me if I am wrong). Suppsoe Fed's ...
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Differing Inflation Rates for Separate Income Groups; Literature?

So here's a few ideas that have been floating around my head since undergraduate university. It seems that money owned by the highest net wealth owners is always moving around and making a return, but ...
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With inflation so low, why is it so hard to stimulate the economy?

Usually the limiting factor in stimulating an economy is how much inflation can a currency handle before the money being spent has a negative effect overall. But now we seem to have the opposite ...
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Federal Reserve capital injections

What were the specific conditions that the Federal Reserve attached to the capital injections forced upon the major Wall St. banks during the Great Recession? How and why do they differ from normally ...
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Federal Reserve conditions [duplicate]

Does the Federal Reserve have conditions attached to the money that's created and distributed to major banks?
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Why are the 10 year German bunds and 10 year US treasury yield highly correlated?

And when the ECB started QE this year, the 10 year bunds rate naturally plummetted, but so did the 10 year US treasury rate. What fundamental reason could cause the US rate to drop in synchrony?
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Bank rate and Repo rate

Please explain the difference between Bank rate and Repo rate. Do the Bank and Repo rates affect each other?
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How is monetary policy fair in the current economy? [closed]

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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What would happen if central banks were no longer able to provide loans [closed]

Actually I'm asking because of two reasons. I'm still not clear how everything works. First money is supposedly a debt, and it is created by creating loans? Second central banks seem to want ...
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What prevents a bank from simply going into their computer system and adding some zeros to their bank account? [duplicate]

This question has been bothering me for a long time and I’m hoping that someone here can help to answer it. I will use Greece as an example, but my question could really be applied to any country or ...
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Why did the Swiss National Bank end the currency peg?

The title says it all. Why did the Swiss National Bank end the currency peg? The issue obviously has many aspects, so I'm looking for a concise summary with references to explanations for each of ...
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How do reserves move between the 12 federal reserve banks?

In single central banks systems (e.g. Bank of England) then the final ledger for electronic money transfer is the adjustment of reserve account balances. In the Federal Reserve System, there are 12 ...

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