Posts Tagged ‘monetary policy’

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    Where is QE2 Going?

    Nov 6, 10 • 254 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 • 247 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 • 258 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]

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    Euro Matters

    Mar 9, 10 • 254 Views • No Comments

    Said to have been one of the least-prepared countries to transition to euro cash, Greece was an original participant in the euro launch on January 1, 2002.  In the first major euro robbery, in Athens, a gunman ran off with 76,000 euros...  [read more]

  • A Fourth Monetary Policy Tool

    Feb 15, 10 • 280 Views • No 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...  [read more]