The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Jon Hilsenrath sees a reversal of fortunes, as China prepares to ease monetary policy and the Fed gets ready to tighten.
``Given all of this, we're not surprised to learn that in a new paper entitled "Let's Talk About It: What Policy Tools Should The Fed ‘Normally' Use?", the Boston Fed is now suggesting that QE become a permanent tool at the disposal of the Fed. After all, "financial stability" depends on it...''
The fast-changing technological infrastructure of financial transactions, including nonbank finance, digital currencies, peer-to-peer lending and crowd-funding present a challenge to the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve and other top central banks, says Randall Kroszner, a former Fed board governor.
Perhaps it was inevitable. After all, the term “QEfinity” entered the financial lexicon long ago and there were already quite a few commentators out there suggesting that it may now be too late to remove the punchbowl, meaning an “exit” will not only prove difficult, but may well be impossible. Show More Summary
The Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day monetary policy meeting on Tuesday and will announce its latest policy decision on Wednesday. In its March policy statement, the Fed explicitly ruled out an interest rate hike in April, so little...Show More Summary
Ideas the US economy had returned to a growth path that was sufficiently strong to permit the Federal Reserve to begin normalizing monetary policy have been challenged by the disappointing string of data. This will culminate with the first estimate of Q1 GDP on April 29. Show More Summary
On Saturday we once again explored the question of whether central banks are creating deflation. The idea that post-crisis DM monetary policy may be causing disinflationary pressures to build is somewhat counterintuitive on its face but in fact makes quite a lot of sense. Show More Summary
Ben Bernanke: [Monetary Policy in the Future](http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/ben-bernanke/posts/2015/04/15-monetary-policy-in-the-future): "The FOMC has given the public extensive guidance... setting a symmetrical inflation target of 2 percent and reporting each quarter FOMC participants' estimates of the sustainable rate of unemployment... Show More Summary
Despite all the QE and accommodative monetary policies, despite all the state funding directed toward new lending supports, and despite unorthodox measures aimed at inducing the banks to lend into the economy, the following took place in the advanced e...
The Federal Reserve should consider keeping bond buys as a regular tool of monetary policy rather than return to a more conventional policy relying just on setting short-term rates, a newly-released paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston says.
The eurozone economy is getting back on the growth track, as the European Central Bank's monetary policies begin to take hold, the central bank's chief economist said in remarks prepared for delivery Thursday.
Did the Fed's set its policy interest rate rate below the market-clearing or 'natural' interest rate level in the early-to-mid 2000s? Or did it simply lower its policy interest rate down to a depressed natural interest rate level during this time? The answers to these questions determine whether Fed was too loose and contributed to the housing boom. Show More Summary
Contrary to fears in developed countries like Australia that monetary policy may have lost its effectiveness, it still packs a punch in China.
Markets Care About Money Printing While the Federal Reserve has ended its quantitative easing (QE) program, central banks in Europe and Asia continue to implement ultra-easy monetary policies, which provide a tailwind for foreign stock markets. China announced additional economic stimulus last Sunday and more may be on the way. From The Wall [...]
The Fed’s QE program had the stated goal of pushing investors further out on the risk curve, and after seven years of historically loose monetary policy there’s not much further they can go. Junk bonds are yielding less than 4.5%, mutual funds are pouring record amounts of money into start-ups and [...]
Bernanke and Summers debate about secular stagnation as American and EU monetary policies diverge, testing their hypotheses. Former Chair of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke is finally speaking out on...
The RBA will keep cutting rates to try to get the economy back on track, but it clearly wants some help with the heavy lifting.
Let's hope the Fed is listening: Labor Market Slack and Monetary Policy, by David G. Blanchflower and Andrew T. Levin, NBER Working Paper No. 21094: In the wake of a severe recession and a sluggish recovery, labor market slack canno...
Must-Must-Read: David G. Blanchflower and Andrew T. Levin: [Labor Market Slack and Monetary Policy](http://equitablegrowth.org/?p=10968): "In the wake of a severe recession and a sluggish recovery... >...labor market slack cannot beShow More Summary
Central bankers of the Americas gathered at Bloomberg headquarters in New York Monday to discuss monetary policy in the Western Hemisphere. There was, unsurprisingly, a lot of focus on how the Federal Reserve's first interest rate hike...Show More Summary