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Did Capitalism Adam Smith Support a Central Bank and Fiat Money?

Does Adam Smith and Capitalism support a Central Bank/Federal Reserve? I am trying to read through the book "Wealth of Nations" to understand. Having a central bank/regulatory figure ...
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At what frequency does monetary inflation compound?

The M1 money supply of the U.S. dollar is released monthly. But how often does the Federal Reserve or treasury add/remove a new dollar or a new penny? By second, minute, daily?
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Has there really been a 170% increase in M1 money supply in the US in February 2021?

tradingeconomics shows an M1 money supply of the past year as follows: This suggests an unusually high increase of ~170% in February 2021. Is this increase real or somehow an artifact of the way the ...
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Do Fed OMOs directly and immediately increase M1 or M2 if they buy treasuries from a member bank? And what proportion of OMOs does that constitute?

I commonly hear that when the Fed conducts open market operations, it is directly increasing the money supply by exchanging newly created electronic money for US treasuries. But in the case where the ...
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What is the purpose of taxes if central banks can fund deficit spending?

Somewhat straight forward. If the federal reserve can print money to buy treasuries to fund deficit spending, what is the purpose of taxes? Sure, taxes reduce the amount of deficit that needs to be ...
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Does FED's change in short-interest rates impact long term rates?

Through changing the federal fund rate(short-term), does this empirically impact the longer end of the curve? If so, what is the logic or transmission mechanism that caused the change?
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Is The Money Masters (1996) correct in its main thesis?

The Money Masters is a 1996 documentary film that discusses the concepts of money, debt, taxes, and describes their development from biblical times onward. Its main points were summarized by a ...
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How come Fed doing RRP could push short term interest rates below 0?

So there is this Reuters article, saying that the amount of cash has peaked in Fed's RRP facility, meaning that it has entered the RRP market. It also claims that this could push short term interest ...
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US Reserve Currency Status Impact on Inflation

Since US dollar has global reserve currency status meaning that other countries need to keep a certain amount of US dollar as reserves. There's a narrative that being a reserve currency, if US prints ...
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Why is hyper inflation not a concern with huge rise in M2? [duplicate]

According to quantity theory of money, with velocity and production being relatively stable, we would expect the amount of inflation to be proportional to the amount of money circulating in the ...
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How the Federal Reserve Manages Money Supply

I'm trying to understand how the Federal Reserve manages the money supply via open market operations. According to this post, when Fed buys securities, that increases bank reserves, which allows banks ...
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Why does central banks lowering interest rate incentivize more borrowing?

I'm a layman trying to understand how the US monetary system works. I'm particularly interested in how the Federal Reserve can create inflation without printing new dollars and putting them in M1. My ...
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Update of Fed mandate(2020) - “shortfalls of employment”

In this Fed link, it's stated that 1 of the most important changes in the document describing the Fed mandate/framework, is On maximum employment, the FOMC emphasized that maximum employment is a ...
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Why is the Fed worried about short term interest rates going negative?

I refer to the following article: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-02-25/negative-interest-rates-could-be-trouble-unless-fed-acts, notably the following paragraph: Market observers ...
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M2-M1: what's left in the delta?

If you subtract M2SL - M1SL, the chart looks as follows: The change is due to re-classification: M1 before: (3) other checkable deposits (OCDs), consisting of negotiable order of withdrawal, or NOW, ...
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How can the Fed enforce exit criteria if they begin yield curve control?

Over the past year, the notion yield curve control has resurfaced and appeared on FOMC minutes, decades after its last implementation. According to the Fed's introduction page: As the U.S. continued ...
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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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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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Is it easier to borrow money during a recession or high inflation period?

During a recession the FED applies expansionary monetary policies while during high inflation periods it contracts the money supply which respectively lowers and raises interests rates. Given that ...
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How did the US Government fund its deficit when the Federal Reserve was pruning its balance sheet in 2018-1019?

The primary way for Governments to fund their deficits is by issuing new currency from the central bank against new treasury bonds. The Federal Reserve reduced its [balance sheet]1 from 4.4 trillion ...
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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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Why it is important to observe if the 10Y treasury yield moves nowadays?

in the context of low yields, where fed continues with fiscal stimulus, I've heard from many economists that this week the 10Y treasury rate has been finally increasing. In which situation is this ...
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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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What's the advantage of repurchase agreements over collateral backed loans?

Is there any material difference between a repo and a collateral backed loan? The one I can think of is that the collateral is owned by the lending party during the loan. So if the Fed uses this with ...
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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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Is there an alternative to currency to facilitate exchange of goods and services?

Say I have collected a bunch of seashells. Tom wants to have my seashells. Therefore the seashells have value and I have just created wealth. And so Tom buys my seashells for \$10. But even though I ...
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When does US Federal Reserve redeem the corporate bonds it bought?

The US Federal Reserve did the corporate bond buying program in the 2008 crisis and again now during the 2020 pandemic. What happens to the bonds it is buying? That is, someday it matures and ...
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Due-diligence behind discount window lending

Its clear the Federal reserve is doing risk assessments at the discount window since they separate credit into primary and secondary. I'm curious how secondary credit risk is handled. Given that ...
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When are banks allowed to fail?

If the Federal Reserve acts as a lender of last resort and steps in to prevent bank runs, then how do banks still fail? Do they only step in if the bank is solvent but in emergency need of funds?
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How does the fed pump the stock market [closed]

I've been hearing a lot about the fed "pumping the stock market" with trillions of dollars to maintain prices. I know the fed isn't allowed to actually buy stocks so how is this money being ...
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overnight index swaps OIS

I'm writing a paper where I am using expected federal funds rates at different horizons and wanted to use the OIS as a proxy for what the market expects the FFR to be post FOMC-meetings. However, I ...
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Why is the fed forbidden from buying gov't debt directly from the treasury?

I know it's forbidden in its charter. But what is the economic rationale?
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Does treasury pay interest+ face value to the fed?

heard all the profit that the fed makes goes into treasury.. does that mean the treasury department can make unlimited money buy selling bonds to the fed? like if they issue bond to people, and the ...
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CPI dataset from BLS

I hope this question is not inconvenient for any of you, so I would appreciate if you do not mark it as not useful. I want to work with the data of the CPI from the BLS (I am not American, and this is ...
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Why did Federal Reserve buy already-issued corporate bonds, ETFs, and agency commercial mortgage-backed securities?

I screen-shot WSJ on Sep 18 2020. I'm assuming that Fed Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility didn't buy ALL newly issued corporate bonds? Please see question in title. Why didn't Federal Reserve ...
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How does high U.S. federal debt affect its citizens?

My apologies if this is a silly question. My background isn't in economics, though wish I had some. During the 2008-9 financial crisis, federal debt increased significantly and there was a small talk ...
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How is reserve money 'multiplied' by the banking system?

I'ma an econ newbie so please forgive my lack of understanding. I am confused as to how the money multiplier effect works. I get that the money multiplier effect doesn't actually hold true as banks ...
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Why would mortgage rates go up if interest rates go down?

What reasons or scenarios could cause a case where mortgage rates would rise if interest rates(federal funds rate) fall? Is that even possible?
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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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What does “writes a check to Congress in exchange for them” mean in this context?

On page 192 of the 5th edition, George Edward Griffin begins to describe the "Mandrake Mechanism", chapter ten, in "The Creature from Jekyll Island". First, the Fed takes all the ...
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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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How does the Greenspan/Bernanke Put semantically relate to put options?

If rational investors reckon that "the Fed, under Alan Greenspan, its longtime chairman, would always bail stock investors out of their losing positions", then rational investors would buy ...
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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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What is the purpose of the Treasury issuing bonds?

I have always thought that the US Treasury issues bonds to raise money to allow the US to pay off debts in the short- and long-term. However, recently, I have read in a book on Modern Monetary Theory ...
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What does the Fed do with their profits?

As far as I understand the system the Fed prints money which it then uses to buy bonds. Bonds are basically statements of debt meaning that the Fed receives interest from the parties it has bought the ...
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Why's Federal Reserve buying individual corporate bonds, when corporations have been selling them successfully?

On Jun 15 2020, the Federal Reserve is expanding its Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility into corporate credit to now buy individual corporate bonds, on top of the exchange-traded funds it ...
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Does the government ever pay back its debt from the OMO to the Fed? [closed]

I'm getting confused about how exactly does money being created by the Fed. From investopidia.com: ...
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Why would banks not want to lend, under Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Program?

The Fed is paying 95% of the loan, so why would the banks be scared of lending? Even if the bank loses their 5% because they partaked in Fed's Main Street Lending Program, can't the Federal Reserve or ...
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Why doesn't QE cause the federal funds rate to continue decreasing?

Quantitative easing (QE) is essentially a large-scale form of open market operations, in which the Fed buys large amounts of treasury bills of all maturities (ranging from 1-month to 30-year) and ...
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How does the federal funds rate compare to the federal discount rate?

The federal funds rate is the interest rate charged to banks when they borrow from each other overnight in the federal funds market to satisfy their reserve requirements. This rate is influenced by ...