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Can we figured out the total money supply using MB? [closed]

If we look at the total in the federal reserves account Here at the moment is about 3 trillion and if the reserve requirement is 10% does that mean that there is at least 30 trillion out there in ...
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Can m0 be created as a loan? [closed]

Are the following true? m0 is only created by destroying something else (federal reserve deposits)? m0 can be created as a loan? Related questions: can something other than federal reserve deposits ...
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What exactly is on the Fed balance sheet?

All the rage these days is how crazily big the Fed's balance sheet has grown. Looking on federalreserve.gov, I can see its value topped up ~6,573,136 millions USD (~6 trillion USD). Fine, but is ...
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The process of printed money reaching the government?

I saw a link that suggested that when the fed prints money, this money is actually lent to the government in the form of bonds, not given. This, despite the fact that the Fed is (loosely) associated ...
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How much money has the Fed printed?

The Federal Reserve is the bank of banks in the US. While it cannot force banks to change their rates in order to monitor the economy, it has several other ways to influence. One way it by printing ...
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Why does a loose Fed policy reduce the downward pressure on the currencies of emerging markets?

To start off, my background is not in economics but in Computer Science. I recently read in the Economist that a looser Fed policy removes downward pressure on the currencies of emerging markets. Is ...
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What caused “excess liquidity” in equity market, when CPI was deflationary at the same time period, which caused 'market crash in 1929' in USA?

To begin with, my question is NOT about the reasons of "the great depression" or "market crash" which led to the great depression. Rather, my question is about the reasons for the 'excessive cash ...
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How does the Fed measure the shadow banking sector in the US?

It's apparently popular to say on TV [at 2:20 in that clip] that the Fed has no idea what's going on in shadow banking sector. To what extent is that true? (I could ask this on Skeptics as well given ...
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What's Term Auction Facility and how does it address the liquidity problem

I have read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_auction_facility and https://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/term-auction-facility.asp Under the program the Fed auctions collateralized loans with terms ...
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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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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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What is the Federal Reserve's “money printing” impact on inflation [closed]

In wake of Coronavirus, when the Fed announces it is printing \$2.2T, what is the impact on inflation? Does the M2 increase by \$2.2T? (Thus a 12.5% increase in inflation? That can't be right?) Is ...
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What amount of Quantitative Easing will cause hyperinflation?

You all know that Quantitative Easing shifts the LM and AD curves right, so I haven't taken the time to redraw this picture. What's the maximum amount of Quantitative Easing that the Federal Reserve ...
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Why isn't the Federal Reserve bothered by the drawbacks of its unlimited Quantitative Easing?

On Mar. 26 2020, Fed announces unlimited QE and sets up several new lending programs : finance. I know little on the U.S., as my B.A. economics degree is from a Ontario university. If I remember the ...
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How much more can the US Federal Reserve spend on COVID-19?

On Mar. 26 2020, the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet Tops $5 Trillion for First Time. Is the Fed's spending capped at some maximum? I studied in Canada and am ignorant of U.S. I'm asking about just ...
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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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Federal Reserve Leveraging of COVID-19 Fund

Reading an article in The New York Times about the COVID-19 stimulus bill, I stumbled on this detail the Fed can take a limited amount of funds and deploy them widely: The central bank only needs ...
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what would be an efficient investment when central banks have massive qe?

Recently the central bank said in a statement on its website. “Aggressive efforts must be taken across the public and private sectors to limit the losses to jobs and incomes and to promote a swift ...
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Question about Federal reserve open market operations - reducing money supply

I'm trying to understand how open market operations work to reduce money supply. So the Federal Reserve sells bonds... when this happens, the bank balances of the bond-purchasers goes down... the ...
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Allowing the reserve requirements drop to zero

On 15 March 2020, the Federal Reserves announced that it would cut its benchmark rate to near zero and that it would also reduce the reserve requirements ratio to zero percent. This is part of its ...
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Why can money be described as “government non-interest bearing debt”

Trying to get some intuition on this statement I came across while reading Miguel Didrauski's dissertation "Rational Choice and Patters of Growth in a Monetary Economy". My sense is that it has ...
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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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How did the massive flight to long-term bonds create a liquidity crisis?

A few weeks ago I noticed that several blogs and such were adamantly proposing that the Fed lower rates immediately by 50 bps. They said that the flight to safety -- to long-term government bonds -- ...
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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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What is the best observable proxy for the instantaneous risk-free market interest rate?

I am exploring a number of different models using daily data, of the US economy, and am trying to gather up observable proxies for some of the most important macro and micro variables, and surveying ...
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Is there a relationship between stock market hedge fund leveraging and the repo market?

Lately there have been many articles attempting to link repo-market borrowing with equity market increases. 1 I can see a link if the hedge fund is buying treasuries or mbs and financing it by using ...
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Negative interest rate on bond yield

In Black-Scholes model $r$ is defined as risk-free interest rate. What I have understood is that risk-free comes from the yields on sale of government bonds. What does that mean if the interest rate(...
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Is an alternative other than negative interest rate possible?

Currently there is a lot of talk about negative interest rate and possibly US would be adopting that. Denmark was the first country in the world which has "successfully" applied negative interest rate....
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Is it possible to see the precise steps that the Fed uses to make its decisions?

The current economic in the US is very complex and uncertain. Is it possible to see the precise steps that the Fed uses to make its decisions? Why did they choose a rate of that amount and not another ...
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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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What is the privilege of a primary dealer?

Primary dealers have a privileged position, so there is value in being registered as a primary dealer. - https://economics.stackexchange.com/a/13450/8387 I was previously under the assumption that ...
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Why aren't open market operations a zero sum transaction?

I know that when the Federal Reserve buys Treasury bonds it increases the money supply, but I don't understand the process behind it. The model that I have given below (which is my best understanding ...
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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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What is it about the money market safeguards that increase volatility?

In recent coverage of the Fed's repo operation, I was struck by this line: It also indicated Wall Street is struggling to absorb record sales of Treasury debt to fund a swelling U.S. budget ...
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Why are bond yields so low when Fed is cutting rates?

Fed cut its rates for the first time in 10 years in July and it is about to cut the rates at least by 25 basis points during its September meeting. Usually, when Fed cuts the rates the bond yields ...
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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 does the Fed choose its asset purchase rate in an ample reserves era?

The St. Louis Fed's article "A New Frontier: Monetary Policy with Ample Reserves" states that the Fed now uses the IOER and ON RRP rates to set the FFR, instead of open market operations, which are no ...
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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 do interest rates move together?

Why do interest rates (mortgage, LIBOR, Treasury yields, etc.) move together? What is the fundamental reason behind that? From my understanding, what drives it is the Federal Funds Rate, which is the ...
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Why the historically narrow asset class purchases from QE

Let's begin by mapping out some context by assuming the following goals of implementing QE: prevent dire systemic liquidity concerns reach inflation targets manage expectations in the private sector ...
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How did the Federal Reserve determine 3.5T USD in assets?

The financial media have reported that... In general, Fed officials appear to have converged to a minimum balance sheet of roughly $3.5 trillion, which means the runoff would end in the second ...
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Why's Bernie Sanders wrong to allege that JP Morgan received more than $390 billion in financial assistance from the Fed?

This r/badeconomics post avouches: [JP Morgan] received more than $390 billion in financial assistance from the Fed. Sanders has repeated this lie for several years. He gets the \$...
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Is it true that when the overall money supply decreases, that the demand for money decreases and the demand for bonds and securities both increase?

Is it true that when the overall money supply decreases, that the demand for money decreases and the demand for bonds and securities both increase? I understand that to increase the money supply, 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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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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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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Difference between “Level” and “Flow” in the Z.1 Fed data

The Z.1 Fed data can be found in FRED. I notices that many similar data sets are labelled "Flow" or "Level". For example, Financial business; total liabilities, Flow Federal government; total ...
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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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US unemployment data release date

Using the CSV file provided by St. Louis Fed (which is based on the data series LNS14000000 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) I noticed that the date is always the first day of each month for the ...
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Did the Nixon shock cause skyrocketing real estate prices in the US?

Ca. 1970 the prices of real estate started skyrocketing in the US: Real estate prices chart. Same with gold: Gold prices chart. So my conclusion is that real estate did not increase in value, it was ...