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Business activity lifted in February as central banks loosen up

By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Global business activity picked up last month just as many central banks around the world loosen monetary policy further to try and drive up stubbornly low inflation and revive moribund economies....Show More Summary

China rates going lower as tide of capital heads out: James Saft

March 3 (Reuters) – The tide of capital is going out in China and many boats, in Chinese ports or not, will settle lower in the water in consequence. China, somewhat unexpectedly, cut monetary policy yet again over the weekend, the third time in recent months it has moved to ease conditions. This makes reasonable […]

Sydney's boom won't stop the cuts

The isolation of significant property-price growth to a single city demonstrates the reduced power of monetary policy, and the need for more easing.

China’s Rate Cut Insufficient: Investors Expect More PBoC Stimulus and Yuan Devaluation

China's central bank followed up with a second rate cut this year. While many believe this is a step in the right direction, the move alone will do little to reduce high real rates and tight effective monetary policy.

The Origins of the Eurozone Monetary Policy Crisis

I made the case in my last post that the Eurozone crisis was largely a monetary policy crisis. That is, had the ECB lowered interest rates sooner and begun its QE program six years ago the fate of the Eurozone would be more certain.Show More Summary

India Overhauls Monetary Policy With Inflation Target

The move marks the biggest change to monetary policy since the country opened up its economy more than two decades ago.

Changes to the Bank of England’s monetary policy meetings

Following the Warsh Review, the recording, number, and timing of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meetings will change. This column argues that the recording may make the decision meeting more formal and could inhibit debate, although the eight-year gap before publishing transcripts ameliorates this concern. Show More Summary

Elusive prudence

CHINESE monetary policy is rarely straightforward. This weekend’s interest cut was no exception. The third loosening move in little more than three months, it should be evident that China is now in all-out easing mode. But in describing its actions, the central bank insisted that its policy stance remains “prudent”. Show More Summary

Taking The Monetary Policy Ride Into The Theater Of The Absurd

Submitted by Jeffrey Snider via Alhambra Investment Partners, There are any number of colloquialisms for monetary repression, “reach for yield” and serial asset bubbles being a few. In the vernacular of monetary policy itself, such color...Show More Summary

What You Need to Know About China’s Rate Cut

For those keeping score at home, this is the third time in four months that China has dramatically changed monetary policy to juice growth. In November it cut interest rates for the first time in two years. Earlier in February it relaxed the amount it requires banks to hold in reserve, which essentially frees up more money to lend out, for the first time since 2012.

Rand Paul Has a Remarkably Silly Idea for a New Currency

Rand Paul's nutty animosity toward the Federal Reserve and modern monetary policy in general are old news by now, so it's not surprising that he'd be intrigued by the idea of cryptocurrencies, given that they aren't controlled by a central bank. Show More Summary

Economics Daily Digest: Missing the monetary policy mark, participatory budgeting, and a goodbye

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to updates from the Roosevelt Institute. The Roosevelt Institute has produced the Daily Digest five days a week since 2009, but its time has now come to an end. Show More Summary

US Interest Rate Hike Looms Despite Inflated Balance Sheet - Vice Chairman

According to US Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, US Interest rates are expected to rise at some point in 2015 while the country’s central bank tries to normalize monetary policy in light of a large balance sheet.

Long and variable leads (a reply to Tony Yates)

Tony Yates expresses shock that someone calling himself a market monetarist could reject Milton Friedman’s famous “long and variable lags” claim about monetary policy. I have great respect for Friedman, but when I did my research on monetary policy in the interwar years (which is the period where it is easiest to clearly identify monetary […]

"Monetary Policy Is Bankrupt" Dr. Lacy Hunt Warns "Bonds, Not Stocks, Are A Good Economic Indicator"

Submitted by Erico Matias Tavares via Sinclair & Co., In Search of Solutions – An Interview with Dr. Lacy H. Hunt We had the great pleasure of speaking with Dr. Lacy H. Hunt on the current state of the economy, the limitations of monetary policy and potential solutions to the overindebtedness problem in the main global economies. Show More Summary

Fed's Fischer: "Conducting Monetary Policy with a Large Balance Sheet"

A review of policy normalization by Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer: Conducting Monetary Policy with a Large Balance Sheet (excerpt)Turning to policy normalization, the FOMC and market participants anticipate that the federal funds rate will be raised sometime this year. Show More Summary

Uncertainty in Stock Markets Fueled by Crude Fluctuations

Equities in Asia-Pacific and Europe have advanced significantly from the year’s start, the latter overvalued and poised to retreat, as growth in Japan and the Eurozone is anticipated to accelerate on milder monetary policies.

Weekend Economist: Why wait on rates?

Arguments that the Reserve Bank will 'wait and see' before cutting interest rates again overlook how central banks view monetary policy.

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