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How can banks pay interest to the central bank?

If the central bank is the only institution that can increase the monetary base (create both, digital and paper money), how can any institution that borrows from it (mostly banks) satisfy its interest ...
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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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Does the Federal Reserve buy and sell stocks?

Can the Fed buy and sell stock in publicly traded companies? Is there evidence of this and, wouldn't this behavior drive the price as opposed to actual market forces?
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Can absence of inflation be accounted for by a reconfigured class structure?

A previous and oft-heard question asked why no inflation results from the Fed pumping money into the economy. Are we simply seeing a methodical wage suppression, thus no official "inflation," while ...
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How and when is M0 money created?

The Federal Reserve Coin and Currency Service Website describes their currency order process thus: The 7.2 billion notes included in the FY 2015 order reflect the Board’s estimate of net demand for ...
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Is the Federal Reserve issuing money in a fair way?

Basic logic says that, once a central bank is issuing new money for increasing the money supply, the money should be distributed fairly between all the citizens, and that means giving them all an ...
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Why did the Federal Reserve change the data about USA GDP?

This is the data published on 20 March 2013 FOMC meeting: (http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomcprojtabl20130320.htm) 20 March 2013, Change in real GDP (actual): year 2008: -3.3% year ...
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What impact did monetary policy actions taken during the Great Recession (2007-09) have on U.S. economic performance?

What impact did monetary policy actions taken during the Great Recession (2007-09) have on U.S. economic performance? Quantitative easing and unconventional policy actions such as asset purchases and ...
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What major monetary policy actions were taken during the Great Recession (2007-2009)?

What major monetary policy actions were taken during the Great Recession (2007-2009)? Quantitative easing and unconventional policy actions such as asset purchases and "forward guidance". I think I'm ...
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how is new money actually introduced in the United States?

I'm aware that the fed controls the supply of money by contracting and expanding through permanent and temporary open market operations. Consisting of purchasing Treasury securities or through repos. ...
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The Fed pays 1.50% interest on reserves; so why are interest rates so low?

Since 14th Dec 2017, the Federal Reserve Bank has paid 1.50% interest on excess reserves. So why do depositors' interest rates still remain so low? According to BankRate, across the US, the ...
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Why does the Fed control interest rates?

The Fed more or less controls interest rates using open market operations, but why? Why are interests rate not controlled by supply and demand?
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How often do banks borrow from the Federal Reserve?

Though I've seen plenty of articles talk about in what circumstances banks borrow from the Fed, I haven't seen any quantification on that note. On average, what percent of the money that banks lend ...
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What does the Federal Reserve intend to do with bonds it has purchased under QE?

In New York Magazine's interview with investor Mike Burry (made famous by The Big Short), he claims Quantitative Easing has left the Federal Reserve with an extraordinarily high leverage ratio: ...
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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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Why not just print money to combat deflation?

If interest rates are zero and inflation is under 2% per year then why not have the fed print money without borrowing until inflation is back at 2% per year? The money could be used to pay off the ...
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Why is the Fed considering increasing interest rates?

America's Fed Funds rate is below 1% and its growth rate is 3.9%. India's lending rate is approximately 9.5% and its growth rate is 5.1%. India just dropped its lending rate while the US is ...
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Federal Reserve Open Market Operations

I am trying to understand how the Fed effects the fed funds rate. Here it says: Once the Federal Open Market Committee deems that economic conditions warrant a change in the money supply through ...
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By what steps and contracts does new money enter the economic system?

Like many noneconomists who read about economic history and finance, I always remain somewhat baffled by the opaque generation of currency under the federal reserve system. My understanding is that ...
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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 ...
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Are Open Market Operations a Gift to the .1%?

My Background I was an Economics major a long time ago and I don't work in a related field. I have this question that's been nagging me. I hope somebody can answer the questions at the bottom. ...
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Does the current situation of excess reserve imply failure of QE?

Excess reserve @ Fed In the past it was assumed that excess reserves should be kept around 0 and banks should be lending to each other as much as they are borrowing. The central banks would correct ...
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Is monetary expansion the same as quantitative easing

Is monetary expansion policy the same as quantitative easing (i.e the buying of US treasuries by Federal reserve which injects more USD into the economy)?
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What would happen to the economy if the Fed's discount window completely stopped?

I'm curious what would happen the the US economy (and perhaps others) if the overnight lending capability of the Fed ceased operation for some reason (perhaps a cyber attack) for a non-trivial period ...
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What might happen if the Fed stopped paying interest on excess reserves?

I am curious to hear what economists think might happen if the Fed stopped paying interest on reserves held in excess of the penalty free upper bound. I am also curious to know how economists think ...
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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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Impacts of Suspending Mortgage and Rent Payments

Recently, there has been some support for suspending rent and mortgage payments, the goal being to provide financial relief during the Covid-19 response. I'm wondering what the impacts for the ...
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How much physical currency does the Fed transfer to banks per year?

I just wonder since money has to enter the system somehow. Currently the Fed will supply whatever banks ask to meet their capital needs. But how much physical currency does the Fed, treasury, and mint ...
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What assurances are there that the Federal Reserve does not give money to banks?

My understanding of the operation of the United States Federal Reserve Bank is that it invents dollars by a unilateral, unbalanced credit to its own account and then it loans this money to member ...
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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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Who owns the federal reserve?

Does anyone know who actually owns the federal reserve? It's like a public private institution, who are the private owners, and who are the public owners?
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Why did the EUR/USD go down immediately when the Fed cut interest rate?

I was following the Fed’s decision on interest rates. I thought if there is an interest rate cut, the EUR/USD will go up but contrary to that it went down on 07/31/2019 immediately after the decision ...
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Why did the Dollar weaken after interest rate increase?

Yesterday the Fed increased the interest rate of the Dollar yet it's value decreased against various currencies (Source). According to this article it should be the other way around : In economic ...
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What does the Fed mean by “smoothening money market functioning”?

In many recent interviews, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has repeatedly mentioned that ensuring the smooth functioning of money markets is a key goal of the Fed's recent monetary policy actions. I want ...
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Is there some background/explanation why the Fed discontinued publishing their M3 indicator, circa 2006?

As Wikipedia says and as it can be easily verified, since 2006, the Fed no longer publishes an M3 indicator (unlike the ECB which still hangs on to that notion). So is there some background or ...
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Can the Fed control the shape of the entire yield curve?

Is it often taught that the Fed can only affect the short end of the (Treasury) yield curve, while the long end is governed by investors' inflation expectations. Could the Fed in principle control the ...
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What is the effect of Quantitative Easing on the US budget deficit?

Is the deficit getting larger because of QE?
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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 is the Corona $2 trilion stimulus package going to be financed?

Perhaps this is a simple question but as a non-US citizen I don't understand how the US government is going to finance the $2 trillion stimulus package to combat the economic damage due to the Corona ...
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How does the Federal Reserve reduce “excess reserves”?

Over the last few years, the amount of currency is circulation (and the corresponding liability on the Fed's balance sheet) has been growing; however, the asset side of the BS hasn't increased. By ...
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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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In quantitative tightening do banks have no choice in refusing to buy bonds from Central Banks (mainly Federal Reserve)

In light of the recent unease about interest rate rise, I've been taking a growing interest in how our economy actually works, something I've been trying to avoid. So this forum is a way for me to ...
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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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When the Fed increases the money supply, does any of the additional supply go directly to the government?

When a central bank increases the money supply, how much of it goes directly into the government purse? Say for example: The money supply is $150 The populace has $100 The government has $50. If the ...
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The Fed Lowered Interest Rates, Are they going to buy Bonds?

I originally asked this question on personal finance/money because I didn't know that this exchange site existed. link to same question at person finance/money. Someone on that site mentioned that it ...
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Wouldn't reducing Fed Balance Sheet lead to Inverted Yield Curve?

BACKGROUND I am involved in finance, but by no means an economist. I've been reading Ben Bernanke's "The Courage to Act" and have become interested in QE1 and QE2. Currently, I am trying to ...
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Federal Reserve Interest

Banks have higher interest rate for debts than deposits to make money but does the U.S. treasury have the same interest rate for loans and deposits?
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Why does the Federal Reserve seem to hold so much weight on the unemployment rate, relative to labor participation?

The title is the question. In the press conference held yesterday, the Chair referenced "unemployment" 18 times, relative to "participation" 3 times. If the labor participation is at the lowest ...
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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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Macroeconomic effects of Profit Maximizing Federal Reserve

The Fed makes money through its open market operations. I am considering a scenario in which the Fed, instead of trying to achieve goals like controlling inflation, tries to maximize its profits in ...