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Standard Open Market Operations: How the Fed and Commercial Banks "Create Money"

The FedMoney and Banking

Blog02/10/2020

Robert Murphy defines some of the conventional “monetary aggregates,” such as M1 and M2, and gives the textbook rundown of how the Federal Reserve and commercial banking system “create money” when the Fed buys assets and the commercial banks extend new loans.

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Shhhh: Repo Operation in Process

The FedFinancial Markets

Blog02/05/2020

These days, the commercial banking system isn’t where the action is. Instead, it’s the shadow banking system that needs direct feeding to goose inflation—at least inflation in asset prices, and also to keep the debt service on the nation’s debt as low as possible.

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Nomi Prins: Repo Injections Are QE by Another Name

The FedFinancial MarketsMonetary Policy

Blog01/31/2020

The Fed's balance sheet has risen to $4.1 trillion from $3.7 trillion in August. Nomi Prins discusses what this policy shift means and what it portends for 2020.

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The Theory and Brief History of Money and Banking

The FedMonetary TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog01/29/2020

Why do we have money in the first place? Where does it come from, and what determines its form? What qualities make for a good money? What role do banks play—is it something other than what money itself does for us?

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After November Surge, Money Supply Growth Slows in December

The FedFinancial MarketsMoney Supply

Blog01/27/2020

During December 2019, year-over-year growth in the money supply was at 5.53 percent. That's down from November's rate of 5.9 percent, but was up from December 2018's rate of 3.90 percent.

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Understanding Money Mechanics: A Crash Course on the Fed

The Fed

Blog01/15/2020

Economist Robert Murphy lays out the purpose and structure of his upcoming book Understanding Money Mechanics, a guide to the Federal Reserve System that is a must-read for laymen. It will be released as a bimonthly serial on the Mises Wire and then published as a book.

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The History and Structure of the Federal Reserve System

The Fed

Blog01/13/2020

The original justification for the creation of another central bank did not allude to the modern goals of “full employment” and “price stability.” Rather, the pleas of the time called for an “elastic currency” that would expand or contract according to the “needs of trade.”

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Paul Volcker: The Man Who Vanquished Gold

The FedMoney and BanksU.S. History

Blog12/19/2019

Mr. Volcker certainly deserves credit for curbing the Great Inflation of the 1970s. However, he also merits a lion’s share of the blame for unleashing the Great Inflation on the US and the world economy in the first place.

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The US Economy Is Being Japanified — Thanks to the Fed

The FedGlobal Economy

Blog12/14/2019

Central bankers are increasingly talking about raising the inflation target above 2 percent. Are negative interest rates next?

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Abenomics has Failed Japan. Financial Times Wants to Make it Global.

The FedGlobal EconomyMoney and Banking

Blog12/05/2019

The true lesson from Japan is that central planners prefer to gradually nationalize the economy before even considering a moderate reduction in government size and control.

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