Money and Banking, Part 4

February 8th, 2016
in Business, Money and Banking

by Eric Tymoigne

For convenience, I have put the balance sheet of the Fed below. A previous post examined the balance sheet and another one provided important information about the meaning of reserves and other basic concepts and their relation to the balance sheet of the Fed. Now let’s look at monetary-policy implementation.

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Tokyo Doubles Down

by John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline

“When it becomes serious, you have to lie.”

“I'm ready to be insulted as being insufficiently democratic, but I want to be serious... I am for secret, dark debates.”

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Smelling the Recession

February 6th, 2016
in aa syndication, weekly economic summary

Written by

There is little evidence that the USA is in recession - except in the goods producing sectors and business sales which are marginally in a decline. Even in the contracting goods producing sectors, the recession evidence is far from overwhelming.

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Can a Country Without a Currency Have a Currency Crisis?

Fixing the Economists Article of the Week

by Philip Pilkington

It is often the case that whole debates rest on a misunderstanding or lack of clarity over the definition of key terms. Take the ongoing debates between the group I label as the Kaldorians and the Modern Monetary Theorists (MMTers) over whether or not the Eurozone crisis is a balance-of-payments (BoP) crisis.

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The U.S. is Not in a Recession

February 3rd, 2016
in macroeconomics

by James D. Hamilton, Econbrowser.com

Appeared originally at Econbrowser 29 January 2016

The Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that U.S. real GDP grew at a 0.7% annual rate in the fourth quarter. That’s a bad quarter to be sure, and real GDP is up only 1.8% from a year ago. That’s a weak year judged by the U.S. postwar average of 3.1%, but is not far from the 2.1% annual growth we’ve been averaging since 2009:Q3.

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