Questions tagged [monetary-policy]

Monetary policy is the process by which the monetary authority of a country controls the supply of money, often targeting an inflation rate or interest rate to ensure price stability and general trust in the currency. Further goals of a monetary policy are usually to contribute to economic growth and stability, to low unemployment, and to predictable exchange rates with other currencies.

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Are CPI stats weighed based on population size

Generally inflation and CPI are reported on a national level. If a country for example has 10 cities, after surveying prices in each individual city, how is the total CPI number determined for the ...
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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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Velocity of M1 versus M2 money

According to Pablo Kurlat's textbook on Macroeconomics, the graph of Ch 13 compares the velocity of M1 and M2 over the years. I don't understand why M1 velocity exceeds M2 even though M2 includes more ...
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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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Where does the current debate stand on passive vs active monetary policy?

The debate between active and passive monetary policy is mentioned in most macroeconomics textbooks. Where does the current debate stand? Has a consensus been reached among economists? Do economists ...
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Forward exchange rates and inflation

Looking at forward rates, the exchange rate for the currency with the higher interest rate gets worse over time. This makes sense or else there would be an arbitrage opportunity to borrow in the low ...
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Which economist suggested solely printing money to borrow and not have bonds?

I remember reading this really interesting idea by some economist that a government need not issue fixed-term debt such as bonds, notes or bills. Instead all it could do is print money and use it to ...
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What does it mean by Global recession?

I am bit curious to understand what it actually means when I read global recession is coming soon. There are some questions which pop in my mind reading such news. Some of them are: What causes ...
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What is the point of a constant (thus known) inflation rate?

I have read somewhere (attributed to Milton Friedman) that a good practice of monetary policy is to maintain a constant inflation rate (of 3% per annum, say). What is the point of that? If everyone ...
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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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What stops this from happening under fractional reserve currency [closed]

Bank A has $1. Bank A creates $10 fractional reserve money and deposits into bank B. Bank B now has $10. Bank B creates $100 and deposits into bank A. Repeat What stops banks from creating ...
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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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Should Finland leave the eurozone?

Finland's economic recovery from the shock of the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 has been very weak. The country has been in recession for the past three years, with GDP expected to expand 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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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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The effect of Monetary Policy on Asset Price Inflation

My macroeconomics professor told the following: A decrease in interest rate causes that consumers rather spend their money on investments (stocks, houses) than put the money on the bank, and the ...
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How does monetary policy affect inequality?

My thought process here would be that since government bonds are usually held by the richer households, buying of these government bonds would inject a large amount of money only to the richest, thus ...
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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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Is money mostly created (out of nothing) by banks making loans?

In the Bank of England's Quarterly Bulletin, 2014 Q1, McLeay, Radia, & Thomas write a pair of articles titled: "Money in the modern economy: an introduction" and "Money creation in ...
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The effect of financing of government debt on the yield curve

Is it reasonable to expect that the US govt's financing of the growing budget deficit and US debt by issuing long term treasury bonds will push long term interest rates higher in the future? Shouldn'...
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Why does equity have historically poor performance after rate cuts?

I am struggling to understand why equity markets seem to suffer shortly after fed rate cuts. Here is a rather telling chart: Question Assuming not some kind of spurious relationship, what's the ...
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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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which policy (fiscal or monetary) is better to stabilize the cycle?

I am currently studying for a test and the following sentence "In an open economy with high capital mobility, monetary policy is preferable to fiscal policy to stabilize the cycle", the "answer" is ...
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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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Wouldn't abolition of cash give rise to a substitute currency?

Some countries (e.g. Sweden and Denmark) plan to abolish physical cash in the future and restrict the use of cash to electronical deposits. One of the reasons for this is to prevent hoarding / boost ...
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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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Monetary policy and potential output growth

Can monetary policy affect potential output growth? And if yes, how is this consistent with the neoclassical thesis's of money neutrality in the long run?
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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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Who profits from monetary expansion?

Is my understanding correct: In history (ancient, medieval) money was directly created by governments, therefore any monetary expansion meant 100% net profit for government, which could be used to ...
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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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How does a national budget differ from a household budget?

We are often told by pundits that "Country X cannot spend more than they take in in revenue, because a house that makes A and spends B will always collapse if B>A". Essentially the siren calls of a ...
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Quantitative easing

Quantitative easing is an unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases government securities or other securities from the market in order to lower interest rates and increase 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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How does the central bank fund open market operations?

This may seem like an extremely simple question, but I have been unable to find any satisfactory information on this. How, practically, does the central bank generate the funds to purchases ...
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Does the European Central Bank still conduct monetary policy under the assumption of NAIRU?

My question is about NAIRU (Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment) and its relevance with respect to the European Central Bank's monetary policy. I have read somewhere that Philips Curve ...
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Linearisation of the IS curve?

How to the IS curve linearised around the structural equilibrium?, what is the math behind it?
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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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Gali - Monetary Policy - Solutions?

I am working through exercises in Gali but some of them are rather difficult. I am trying to find a solutions manual to use as an aide for exercises that completely stump me and to confirm solutions ...
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Is zero inflation desirable?

Is zero inflation really desirable? To be more precise: Does inflation in real life have benefits that in some situations outweigh its social cost? E.g.: it works as a disincentive against holding ...
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Why is the measured year 2018 inflation rate low despite rounds of quantitative easing?

Is it correct to state year 2018 inflation rate of 2.2% is very low? Is it correct to state that even though the commodity prices have not increased, the increased money supply coming from the ...
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A question about a derivation in Gali's Monetary Policy book [closed]

In Chapter 3 of Gali's famous Monetary Policy book, he measures the effects of a monetary policy shock. The interest rate rule is: Then a shock $v_t > 0$ occurs. He proceeds to measure how this ...
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Are bank reserves part of M1 or only part of M2, and why?

(1) Toyland earns $$100,000 revenue in cash this week. Toyland managers use this $100,000 to pay down a short-term loan from Bank One. Bank One keeps the cash in reserve. As a result of this ...
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Why does a reduction in money demand lead to a rightward shift in the LM curve?

In my textbook, it says Y must rise to restore money market equilibrium as the justification.
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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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Financing U.S. government budget deficits, and their impact on interest rates

I have two questions. The first is about how exactly the U.S. government finances a budget deficit. The second is about the effects of budget deficits on financial markets and interest rates. Q1. We ...
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Why does savings equal investment (scenario)?

Scenario 1: There's an economy of two people (Joe and Amanda). Joe buys a 500 dollar car from Amanda (which she made herself from raw materials in her back yard). Amanda takes the 500 dollars and ...
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Central Bank Balance Sheets and foreign bonds

I have a question relating to central bank's balance sheets, taken from Krugman and Obstfelds' "International Macroeconomics" textbook. They mention that when the central bank purchases foreign ...
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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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