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The Fed’s Mandate, US Policy and the Rest of the World

The Fed’s objectives, as set by Congress, are to maintain stable prices and to maximize employment.  This “dual mandate” is accompanied by a rarely cited third objective, to maintain moderate long term interest rates.  Those should be a natural outcome of maintaining stable … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Yuan and Chinese Monetary Policy

China has dominated recent newsflow due to its stock market crash and the devaluation of the yuan (CNY).  The latter, I believe, is an attempt to free up the PBoC to conduct domestic monetary policy to deal with the aftermath of … Continue reading

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Time to Raise Rates?

James Bullard, President of the St. Louis Fed, thinks that the Fed should raise rates.  He cites the low jobless rate, inflation near target, ex-oil, and the need to move early, rather than be late.  I think he is alarmist, but … Continue reading

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Painted into a Corner

On January 15th, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) stopped defending its currency peg of Swiss franc (CHF) 1.20 to the euro (EUR).  It also imposed a -0.75% overnight rate and moved its target for 3 month libor to -1.25% to … Continue reading

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