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Questions tagged [money]

any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a particular country or socio-economic context, or is easily converted to such a form. The main functions of money are distinguished as: a medium of exchange; a unit of account; a store of value; and, sometimes, a standard of deferred payment. Any item or verifiable record that fulfills these functions can be considered as money.

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Would this alternative monetary and tax system work?

Consider a nation whose money is entirely digital (like Bitcoin), but centralized (unlike Bitcoin). Furthermore, the total money supply is fixed, i.e. money cannot be created nor destroyed. To be ...
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Does Bad Money Drive Good Money Out Of Circulation

I have heard the saying, "Bad money drives good money out of circulation," (Gresham's Law) many times. I'm wondering if it's true, what it really means. What's good money? What's bad money? And if ...
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Why is Money Necessary?

I've heard a lot of different economists bullet point a few main ideas as to why money is necessary. However, I'd like to get an ultimate rundown list. What are the major reasons why money is ...
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Can a national currency be pegged to a consumer price index?

Has there ever been a national currency that was pegged to the consumer price index of the nation in question's economy or the economy of another country? And how would a consumer price index be ...
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Did the robbers from *Money Heist* real steal noone's money?

Money Heist (original Spanish title: La Casa de papel) is a Spanish TV show about a bank heist. From Wikipedia (bolding mine), In Money Heist, a mysterious man, known as "The Professor", is ...
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Is it possible to imagine humanity without a modern understanding of money? [closed]

Of course we can't just take money from current world order and give nothing back. In theory, can an advanced civilization exist without money at all? May be this is an utopic idea because of... what?...
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Does the credit theory of money imply money is not neutral?

Under the credit theory of money, as I (a non-economist) understand it, every time money is created by a bank, an equivalent demand for money is created as well because the person receiving money is ...
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Why don't we mint more m0 instead of creating m1 through fractional reserve banking?

From what I understand, m1 money is just as liquid as m0 since an individual can withdraw it from the bank at any time and in any quantity (up to the amount (s)he deposited). Because of this I don't ...
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Why hyper-inflation?

I understand the $MV=PQ$ identity. I also understand the benefit for the government in some cases to having non increasing over time (even if high) values of $\Delta P$ (stealth tax & seigneur-age ...
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Are there any countries in which post-dated cheques are commonly used in trade?

I am reposting from the Personal Finance & Money Stack Exchange because my question was flagged as being about economics and off-topic. The post-dated cheque is the most common payment instrument ...
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How Africans use their wages?

I was researching poverty in Africa and was reading about their daily wages. Based on the article linked, 2/3 of Africans live on less than $1.25 USD, a day. However, what this article and many ...
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Is the utility of money *actually* logarithmic?

Apologies for asking what is probably a basic question from someone that is not in the economics field. But I was playing around with the idea of determining how a group of people could split a bill ...
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Why do many economists believe that money is neutral in the long run?

If a central bank carried out monetary policy that consisted of multiplying each person's wealth by a common factor, I would find it plausible that all prices would get multiplied by the same factor ...
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Do conceptual ideas that become standardised ever make money?

TL;DR - Do standardised concepts ever make money? Recently I have been wondering if conceptual ideas ever make money, more specifically whether a conceptual idea that is standardised ever makes money?...
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Effect of risk premium on the money demand (LM curve)

In short, I'm having problems understanding the LM curve, as the explanation given by the picture is for me, the 4th row is counter intuitive. When risk premium increases it causes the interest rates ...
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Effect of money supply on price level

Consider a macroeconomy defined by following equations M = kPy + L(r) ; S(r) = I(r) ; y = m ; Where M is money supply, P is price level, y is output, r is interest rate, while k,m are constants. S(...
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What would happen if corporations can only make a maximum profit of 10% per product

I have learned in accounting that companies can add any amount of profit on their products as they want. That can be 10 - over 500 %. I also think that international corporations like Coca Cola, ...
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What is the easiest and cheapest way to store big money with option to any moment get then in cash? [closed]

Imagine I have a lot of money and my number 1 aim is to store them somewhere where I can get them fast if I need them. I don’t want to have dividends from my money but if I will it would be great. ...
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Is there any specific distribution that is recommended for modelling individual income?

I'm a statistician and my colleagues work with income data every now and then, but they usually apply some arbitrary cut-off and go with logistic regression. I know there's an infinite range of ...
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M1 Money supply data?

Why do these M1 Money supply charts show data only up to 7th May, when the Fed data is released weekly? https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M1 http://schrts.co/zgaAPi Thanks
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Hyman Minsky's view on Bank Examination

In Stabilizing an Unstable Economy (1986), Hyman Minsky argues that "bank examination is largely perfunctory... rather than an inquiry into the economic viability and the exposures to risk of banking ...
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What is the actual numerical value of the velocity of money?

All the discussions of the velocity of money that I've come across (e.g. here, here, and here) only display relative changes in the velocity of the money (e.g. by normalizing it by an unspecified ...
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Why does changing the value a currency help/hurt exports if sellers can just inflate/deflate prices to match the change?

1) I make widgets and sell them for $10. 2) The government reduces the value of my currency by 10%. 3) The market value of my widgets is the same as before, so I raise my prices to $11 and I can ...
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The fisher effect

The Fisher effect says that highter inflation rate leads to a higher nominal rate. I found an interesting explanation about the interest rates: Lower interest rates translate to more money available ...
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Printing money to redistribute wealth

A fictional country has 100 people. The total printed money is $2000. Ten rich people own half of it ($100 each), the remaining ...
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How does hedging using futures work?

I can't understand how it makes sense. From what I've read, corn producers (for example) sell their corn at current price but deliver the corn later, in order to protect themselves from decline in ...
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Isn't buying currency with high interest rates a double whammy?

I will give an example of what I mean and please tell me what I'm missing because this can't be correct. For the sake of simplicity I will only use USD and EUR. So let's say that the central bank in ...
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Why is the annual transferred money worldwide quite different?

The source below says "According to this document from the US Treasury, SWIFT handles about \$5 trillion per day, or given about 250 business days per year, about \$1.25 quadrillion dollars a year.". ...
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Why is bartering uncommon in modern countries?

Recently, I witnessed two acquaintances of mine engaging in bartering, where one traded his services for the services of the other. Both services had about the same value. By trading them directly, ...
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Friedman's version of money multiplier formula

In his Quantity Theory of Money article M. Friedman uses the following formula for the money multiplier: $$ M = H \times \frac{\frac{D}{R}(1 + \frac{D}{C})}{\frac{D}{R}+\frac{D}{C}} $$ where $M = $ ...
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Trying to understand an equation used by Friedman

Friedman proposes the following two equations, $$ \begin{align} \frac{M^D}{NP_p} &= \lambda\left(\frac{Y_p}{NP_p}\right)^\delta \\ V &= \frac{Y_p}{Y}\frac{1}{Y}\left(\frac{Y_p}{NP_p}\right)^{...
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Underlying of a derivative

I wonder, could a credit event be an underlying of a future? What about an option, a swap? I know, there are credit spread options, but I'm not sure, if a credit event is their underlying. Also I'...
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How can all the bitcoin in the world be worth more than McDonald's Corporation?

What makes bitcoin so valuable? It has already surpassed the value of almost all publicly traded companies. I understand it can be used to buy things like digital money but why does the price go up? ...
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Why do banks charge a spread on credit?

According to the doctrine of the money multiplier (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_multiplier), a positive reserve ratio means a bank has LESS loans than deposits. See the table in the link. ...
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What is Q in the quantitative theory of money?

I am testing the quantitative theory of money for South Africa. QP = Mv. It is fairly clear what M and P are (broad money, or M1, price index, etc). But I am puzzled with Q. Is it GDP or does it ...
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Who owns the dollar? [duplicate]

Whose property is the dollar? Is it state-owned, Federal Reserve owned, privately owned or the American people own it?
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Why is money used in transactions when it is dominated as a store of value?

In Lectures on Macroeconomics by O.Blanchard and S.Fisher (1993) stated that (the emphasize is mine): Building a model that formally explains why money is used in transactions when it is ...
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Why Yen grew stronger after North Korea's H-bomb threat? [duplicate]

Financial markets have had only a muted reaction to the dispute in recent months, but on Friday assets regarded as havens for investors jumped immediately after the news of North Korea’s latest H-...
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Money in New Keynesian models

I have been doing some reading on general equilibrium theory and it has made me highly confused regarding the logic behind NK models. If I have understood correctly, NK models are based on Walrasian ...
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Is money received from my mother every month an income?

If my mother sends me some money every month, is that considered an income? I usually fill in a sheet to track my expenses and display my savings for every month. For the past few months, I've been ...
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What exactly people mean when they say “X is a $Y billion industry”?

I'm reading the "Personal MBA" book right now and it says that "Yoga is $8 billion industry worldwide". What does it mean? And how can one calculate the amount of money in some industry?
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Why do different countries have different currency?

Why do different countries have different currency? I have this question because I want to know why to divide it? If it's not divided then we can easily use the money anywhere and we won't need to ...
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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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Why does every electronic transaction of USD legally take place on American territory?

In an article of a respected German newspaper (Die Zeit) I found the following statement (translation by me): 90 % of all foreign exchange trades are dealt in USD. Since every electronic ...
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Did the idea of “making money” originate in the United States?

I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and I came across an interesting paragraph related to Economics and American History. If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, ...
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Why is M0 higher than M1?

In my understanding, M2 includes M1 and M1 include M0. However, I checked the money supply here and used the "Compare" function to compare the money supply of m0 with money supply of m1, and found ...
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Forward Guidance - What happens when the FED unloads its balance sheet

Please Excuse my ignorance. The US Federal Reserve has issued forward guidance telling the world that it is going to start to sell its (well a little less) 4.5 trillion dollars worth of securities ...
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How much does a person donate to charity unintentionally

I am wondering if it's possible to estimate what percentage of a person's salary ends up in a charity even if that person never donates? I am not an economists and I am not sure if that is a valid ...
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People pathologically hoard so much cash that they impoverish the entire nation

"If a man has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers we call him crazy. If a woman has a trailer house full of cats we call her nuts. But when people pathologically hoard so much cash ...
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Effects of variables on the demand for money?

I need verification on my understanding as to whether the following factors affect the demand for money, and if so how they affect it: Changes in Nominal National Income: will affect the transactions ...