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UK confidence returning, money trends still solid

UK survey and monetary data released today give a positive message about current economic performance and near-term prospects, suggesting no need for further monetary policy easing and questioning the scale of the MPC’s August actions...Show More Summary

Front vs Rear Wheel Steering for Monetary Policy

You are driving a car with rear-wheel steering and no reverse gear. You are driving alongside a wall. If you drive too close to the wall you are trapped, because you would need to steer your rear wheels into the...

Draghi rejects German criticism, calls on Berlin carry its weight

``European Central Bank President Mario Draghi rejected German criticism of the bank's super-loose monetary policy on Wednesday, calling sub-zero interest rates a necessity and urging Berlin to share the burden with more spending.''

Janet Yellen Testifies: Five Key Things To Look For

This morning, Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on financial regulation topics. While there us unlikely to be much talk of monetary policy, it may come up, although most of the lawmakers’ questionsShow More Summary

Futures targeting at the ECB

Geoff Orwell sent me the following: The idea that monetary policy could use derivative markets to pursue its objectives has appeared in the literature 3) but has very seldom found application. The need to find new tools for the intractable problem of unanchored inflationary expectations could now provide the incentive to test the idea in […]

The Fed At A Crossroads

I've long been worried about the future of the Federal Reserve Board, particularly as the pre-eminent monetary policy authority on the globe. That eminence was hard-won. The infant Fed stumbled badly in the Great Depression and was essentially a branch of the Treasury Department into the 1950s. Show More Summary

Roach: US and Japanese central bankers are in denial over the signs of an impending meltdown

``Both are pursuing strategies woefully disconnected from their economies. Their latest actions reinforce a commitment to an insidious transmission mechanism between monetary policy, financial markets and asset-dependent economies. This approach led to the meltdown of 2008, and it could well sow the seeds of another crisis.''

The QE Premium

Authored by Michael Lebowitz via 720Global.com, It has been eight years since the great financial crisis of 2008, and the Federal Reserve (Fed) is still maintaining an unprecedented level of accommodation in monetary policy. The Federal Funds rate has been pinned at or near zero since 2008. Show More Summary

The QE Premium

The QE Premium It has been eight years since the great financial crisis of 2008, and the Federal Reserve (Fed) is still maintaining an unprecedented level of accommodation in monetary policy. The post The QE Premium was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Why should we live in a low rate world?

The Economist can be very good on monetary policy.  For instance, they’ve endorsed NGDP targeting.  And then there are other times.  Check out the subtitle of their new cover story on living in a low rate world: Central banks have been doing their best to pep up demand. Now they need help Actually, they have […]

ECB Board Member Admits Central Bank's Monetary Policy Risks "Tearing Up Social Fabric"

Time to toss yet another "conspiracy theory" on the composite heap of "theories that became fact." A recurring theme we have pounded the table on over the past nearly 8 years is that central bank policy has been the primary driver leading...Show More Summary

Cracks showing in Germany's fragile truce with the ECB

"The big challenge for Mario Draghi will be to prepare the Bundestag and German public for a further easing of monetary policy," said Marcel Fratzscher, head of the DIW economic institute and a former senior official at the ECB. That message is unlikely to go down well in Berlin. Show More Summary

Trying to Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

 On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s open market committee concluded its two-day meeting to set U.S. monetary policy. In a vote that divided the Board of Governors, appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in an open public process, and the presidents of the regional bank board presidents, chosen by boards dominated by banks […]

Brookings Productivity Puzzle Panel: VIdeo

_[The Productivity Puzzle][]_: >On September 9, 2016 the Initiative on Business and Public Policy and the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings hosted a forum on the policy implications of the growth slowdown. [The Productivity Puzzle]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dojtWYrjnbc&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=BrookingsInstitution

The Fed's Missed Window & Failed Realizations

``What is clear is the Federal Reserve should have chosen to increase rates long ago where such tightening of monetary policy would have been somewhat offset by the continued floods of interventions. The Fed is now trapped in a difficult position.... Show More Summary

Trying to Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve's open market committee concluded its two-day meeting to set U.S. monetary policy. In a vote that divided the Board of Governors, appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in an open...Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Fed Saves The Bulls

Submitted by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, As I noted on Thursday, the Fed non-announcement gave the bulls a reason to charge back into the markets as “accommodative monetary policy” is once again extended through the end...Show More Summary

Gold Up 1.5%, Silver Surges 3% - Yellen Stays Ultra Loose At 0.25%

Gold was up 1.5% and silver surged 3.1% yesterday after Janet Yellen again failed to raise rates from record lows at 0.25%. The Fed maintained ultra loose monetary policies which are again creating stock and bond market bubbles in the U.S. Show More Summary

The "Wealth Effect" Didn't Die: It Was Never A Valid Concept No Matter How High Stocks Go

Submitted by Jeffrey Snider via Alhambra Investment Partners, Over the years, the “wealth effect” has been taken as a core component of monetary policy. Central bankers will not admit it, of course, but particularly stock prices are a central element of their strategy. Show More Summary

One rate hike likely this year, says Yellen

The US Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged - but says it could still tighten monetary policy by the end of this year. ||| Washington - The US Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, but strongly signalled it could still tighten monetary policy by the end of this year as the labour market improved further. Show More Summary

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