Posts Tagged ‘monetary policy’

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    QE2: Pros and Cons

    Nov 8, 10 • 607 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 • 315 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 • 317 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 • 331 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 • 345 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]