Posts Tagged ‘Federal Reserve’

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    Translating the Fed

    Sep 23, 10 • 122 Views • Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    I just discovered the Slate Plain English tool. Still under development, its function is to transform unintelligible jargon into normal English. To see how it works, you might want to look at a Slate/Planet Money translation of Tuesday’s Federal Reserve...

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    The Two Sides of ZIRP

    Aug 23, 10 • 97 Views • Economic Debates, Money and Monetary Policy1 Comment

    Hearing economists discuss the Fed’s zero-interest-rate policy, Harry Truman would again search for a one-handed economist. On the one hand…if you can borrow money cheaply, you are more likely to expand your business and buy a house or a car....

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    Consumer Financial Protection

    Jul 27, 10 • 129 Views • Financial Markets, Households, Money and Monetary Policy, RegulationNo Comments

    I have been curious about why the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP), established by the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, is an independent bureau within the Federal Reserve. While I have not discovered a satisfactory answer, I have learned...

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    A New Fed?

    Mar 25, 10 • 89 Views • Financial Markets, Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    “Independent” is the first word that comes to mind when I think about the Federal Reserve. Overseeing the supply of money and credit, the Fed is supposed to be an independent Federal agency. I wonder how the following basics of the Dodd...

  • A Fourth Monetary Policy Tool

    Feb 15, 10 • 126 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    The chasm between economics textbooks and real life has grown larger. It is just tough to keep up. Looking at monetary policy, the most typical tool used by the Federal Reserve takes students so very logically to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). If...