Posts Tagged ‘monetary policy’

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    More of a Contagious Disease

    Nov 23, 10 • 221 Views • No Comments

    From FT.com: “The Irish say they are not Greece. The Portuguese say they are not Irish. The Spanish finance minister said last week that Spain is not Portugal. There are no prizes for guessing what Italy is not.” Also, This BBC article does a good...  [read more]

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    QE2: Pros and Cons

    Nov 8, 10 • 528 Views • No Comments

    Reminding us that there is no such thing as a free lunch, The Washington Post has an excellent interactive summary of the pros and cons of a QE2 impact. But first…what is QE2? Through a second round of quantitative easing, the Federal Reserve will...  [read more]

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    Where is QE2 Going?

    Nov 6, 10 • 266 Views • No Comments

    Did you ever wonder how things really happen? We read about quantitative easing and hear some gigantic number but then…what? Who does it and how? In a Planet Money podcast, journalists visit the Fed and observe how one person implements Fed policy. It...  [read more]

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    Cyclical or Structural?

    Oct 9, 10 • 268 Views • No Comments

    Economists still cannot agree. With the new unemployment rate, at 9.6%, the same as the old unemployment rate, one question remains the same. Is it a jobs mismatch, contractionary lay-offs, or a third economic ailment? The diagnosis you choose will determine...  [read more]

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    Becoming Ben Bernanke

    Aug 8, 10 • 278 Views • No Comments

    This was fun! A 5 minute Federal Reserve simulation lets you target the fed funds rate for 16 hypothetical quarters and then watch the inflation and unemployment impact. It all appears manageable until a surprise news headline appears. The site also links to...  [read more]