Posts Tagged ‘ Federal Reserve ’

Fed leaves rates unchanged, says risks to outlook reduced

July 28, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but said near-term risks to the U.S. economic outlook had diminished, opening the door to a resumption of monetary policy tightening this year. The U.S. central bank said the economy had expanded at a moderate rate and job gains were strong in June. It added that household spending also had been 'growing strongly,' and pointed to an increase in labor utilization. While Fed policymakers said they continued to closely monitor inflation data and global economic and financial developments, they indicated less worry about possible shocks that could push the economy off course." (07/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-idUSKCN1072DM  

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The Fed’s psyche

July 24, 2016
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"I've seen a number of other people also refer to the Fed's fear of another 1994, when there was a bond market 'bloodbath.' This got me thinking about the Fed's delicate 'psyche,' which is so susceptible to indelible marks. What horrors occurred in 1994, as a result of the bond bloodbath? And where would I look for the evidence? The obvious place to look is in the inflation and unemployment data, which are the two variables that the Fed is instructed to stabilize. Presumably something really, really bad happened to the economy in 1994, and left an indelible market on the Fed. So let's take a look at the inflation and unemployment data, before and after January 1994 ..." (07/23/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/the_feds_psyche.html  

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Four ways states can take on the Federal Reserve

July 17, 2016
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Jp Cortez  

"While the debasement of the currency is the result of federal policy and banker collusion, the effect is broad and deep. While there has been talk about reform, or at least an audit of the Fed, it is virtually a certainty that the federal government will never relinquish the power it enjoys through control of the monetary system. That said, there are practical steps that can be taken at the state level to promote the use and acceptance of sound money and undermine the Fed's monopoly on money." (07/16/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/16/four-ways-states-can-take-on-the-federal-reserve/  

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Fed minutes suggest rate hikes on hold until Brexit impact clearer

July 6, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Federal Reserve policymakers decided in June that interest rate hikes should stay on hold until they have a handle on the consequences of Britain's vote on EU membership, according to the minutes of the Fed's June policy meeting released on Wednesday. ... The Brexit vote shocked investors and triggered $2 trillion in losses in global stock markets the day after the referendum. Anxieties remain, with global financial conditions tightening as investors anticipate it could take years before Britain and the EU agree to new rules on finance, trade and immigration. On Wednesday, U.S. benchmark and long-dated Treasury yields hit record lows, with some investors betting the Fed would keep rates on hold through 2017." (07/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-idUSKCN0ZM23F  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 686

June 23, 2016
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
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"John Tamny and I discuss the Fed and its record, along with money, credit, and the economy in general. We also get into a dispute over fractional-reserve banking. Check it out!" [various formats] (06/22/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-686-we-dont-need-the-fed-a-central-planning-agency/  

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Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 59: Harriet Tubman irony on Federal Reserve Note trash

May 2, 2016
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Peaceful Anarchism Peaceful Anarchism
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"Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we had Merrick and Jonathan, from the RadicaLogic Podcast sitting in for Dave. Herein we discussed the distraction of Harriet Tubman on the $20, the constant devaluation of currency, the Colorado town where the police force quit, Fisher Pricing your message, being neutered by the State, the Cell 411 app, Canadian police protecting and serving the shit out of a friend of the show, dealing with home invaders, the fake war on cops, and more!" [MP3] (05/01/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-59-harriet-tubman-irony-on-federal-reserve-note-trash/  

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With fiat money, everything is relative

April 28, 2016
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Frank Shostak Ludwig von Mises
by Frank Shostak  

"An important factor in setting the purchasing power of money is the supply of money. If over time the rate of growth in the US money supply exceeds the rate of growth of the European money supply, all other things being equal, this will put pressure on the US dollar. Since a price of a good is the amount of money per good, this now means that the prices of goods in dollar terms will increase faster than prices in euro terms, all other things being equal." (04/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/fiat-money-everything-relative  

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Monetary policies misunderstood

April 28, 2016
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Steve H. Hanke Cato Institute
by Steve H Hanke  

"Ever since the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) began to consider raising the federal funds rate, which it eventually did in December 2015, a cottage industry has grown up around taper talk. Will the Fed raise rates, or won't it? Each time a consensus congeals around the answer to that question, all the world's markets either soar or dive. This obsession with taper talk -- the interest rate story -- is simple, but strange. Indeed, it is misguided -- wrongheaded. So, why the obsession? It is, in part, the result of a Keynesian hangover." (for publication 05/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/monetary-policies-misunderstood  

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Tubman versus Jackson on the $20 bill

April 25, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Amidst the tempest produced among politicians and the mainstream press over the Obama administration's decision to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, no one bothers to ask some very simple questions: Why does the $20 bill say: 'Federal Reserve Note' on it? Doesn't the term 'note' connote a promissory note, which entails a promise to pay something? What exactly is the $20 'Federal Reserve Note' promising to pay? How and when is the promise fulfilled? When does the note come due? Can holders of the $20 bill demand to be paid now? If not, when? The answers to those questions are rooted in the monetary system that was originally established for the United States under the U.S. Constitution and in the abandonment of that system during the Franklin Roosevelt administration." (04/25/16)

http://fff.org/2016/04/25/tubman-versus-jackson-20-bill/  

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Dishonoring Harriet Tubman

April 21, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Due to a cumulative inflation rate of more than 2,300% since 1913, a $20 bill today will buy goods valued at 83 cents in 1913 currency. That differential represents something that Tubman spent her whole life fighting. I wonder how one of slavery's greatest opponents would feel about having her image appropriated for use on the symbol of its resurgence -- an instrument of debt representing the promises of politicians to hold their subjects in perpetual bondage while taking the payments out of our hides?" (04/21/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5668  

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Historic makeover: Harriet Tubman to be face on US $20 bill

April 21, 2016
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Bloomington Pantagraph    

"Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill. The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president and a slave owner, who is being pushed to the back of the bill. And Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury secretary who's enjoying a revival thanks to a hit Broadway play, will keep his spot on the $10 note after earlier talk of his removal. The changes are part of a currency redesign announced Wednesday by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, with the new $20 marking two historic milestones: Tubman will become the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman to be depicted on currency in 100 years." (04/21/16)

http://www.pantagraph.com/business/historic-makeover-harriet-tubman-to-be-face-on-bill/article_f3c7dfe3-793a-517a-8e38-2146aaf2246a.html  

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A modest proposal to end Fed independence

April 20, 2016
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Joseph T. Salerno Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Joseph T Salerno  

"In the decade leading up to the financial crisis, the intellectual climate was such that anyone suggesting that the Fed have its independence curtailed or even abrogated by Congress would have been considered beyond the pale of rational, let alone scholarly, discussion. However, as the painful and protracted recovery from the Great Recession has dragged on, the Fed's independence of 'politics,' i.e., of legislative oversight and constraint, has begun to be challenged even by economists and financial pundits." (04/19/16)

https://mises.org/library/modest-proposal-end-fed-independence  

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What did Fed chairman Yellen tell Obama?

April 18, 2016
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Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"This week, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a hastily arranged secret meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. According to the one paragraph statement released by the White House following the meeting, Yellen, Obama, and Biden simply 'exchanged notes' about the economy and the progress of financial reform. Because the meeting was held behind closed doors, the American people have no way of knowing what else the three might have discussed. Yellen's secret meeting at the White House followed an emergency secret Federal Reserve Board meeting. The Fed then held another secret meeting to discuss bank reform. These secret meetings come on the heels of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's estimate that first quarter GDP growth was .01 percent, dangerously close to the official definition of recession." (04/18/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-fed-chairman-yellen-tell-obama  

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US stocks rise on higher oil, dovish Fed minutes

April 7, 2016
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Business Times [Singapore]    

"Wall Street stocks rose solidly Wednesday as higher oil prices lifted petroleum-linked shares and minutes from the Federal Reserve suggested the US central bank would keep interest rates low. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 112.73 (0.64 per cent) to 17,716.05. The broad-based S&P 500 added 21.49 (1.05 per cent) to 2,066.66, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 76.78 (1.59 per cent) to 4,920.72." (04/06/16)

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/stocks/us-stocks-rise-on-higher-oil-dovish-fed-minutes  

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The Libertarian Angle, 04/05/16: Abolish the Fed

April 5, 2016
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
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"In this segment, Richard Ebeling and Jacob Hornberger discuss the why free trade is pragmatically a boon to civilization and ethically the only moral result when you allow people to live in freedom." [various formats] (04/05/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-abolish-fed-video/  

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Kocherlakota on the inflation outlook

March 17, 2016
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"When considering the fact that inflation is expected to run only a few tenths below target, keep in mind that both the Fed and private forecasters have tended to overestimate inflation in recent years. Market forecasts have tended to run lower, although those may have biases as well. In the end I think Kocherlakota's criticism should be taken seriously, because the one thing we've learned over the past decade is that at the zero bound, dovish credibility is much harder to achieve (using their current instruments) than hawkish credibility." (03/17/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/03/kocherlakota_on.html  

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Understanding the Federal Reserve’s shell game

March 2, 2016
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Dan Sanchez Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Dan Sanchez  

"The Federal Reserve is a key component of the American Transfer State. Under the guise of 'macroeconomic management,' it redistributes vast amounts of wealth on an ongoing basis through inflation. The victims of these transfers are ordinary Americans. The beneficiaries are the government and its elite cronies. The Fed masks the nature of this surreptitious taxation and corporate welfare by performing a simple shell game that is just complicated enough to confound the general public." (03/02/16)

https://mises.org/library/understanding-federal-reserve%E2%80%99s-shell-game  

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Central banks should stop paying interest on reserves

February 23, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown  

"In 2008, the Federal Reserve began paying interest on reserve balances held on deposit at the Fed. It took more than seven decades from the US leaving the gold standard -- in 1933 -- for the fiat regime to do this and thus revoke a cardinal element of the old gold-based monetary system: the non-payment of any interest on base money. The academic catalyst to this change came from Milton Friedman's essay 'The Optimum Quantity of Money' where he argued that the opportunity cost of paper money (any foregoing of interest compared to on alternative money-like instruments such as savings deposits) should be equal to its virtually-zero marginal cost of production." (02/23/16)

https://mises.org/library/central-banks-should-stop-paying-interest-reserves  

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It takes a regime change

February 11, 2016
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"In the 1970s, the Fed kept tinkering with interest rates, not understanding that high rates don't mean tight money. Inflation and NGDP growth kept soaring higher and higher. Eventually economists came to believe that (old) Keynesian economics was bankrupt. A new regime requires new leadership, not invested in the failed policy. President Carter 'promoted' Fed chair G. William Miller (actually he was basically fired), and replaced him with Paul Volcker, who abandoned the interest rate targeting regime. Inflation was brought under control. It may be too soon for this sort of personnel change today, but it's certainly not too soon to conclude that the current interest rate targeting regime has failed." (02/11/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/02/it_takes_a_regi.html  

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No, Senator Sanders, the Fed was ALWAYS a creature of cronyism

February 4, 2016
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by David Flemming  

"In his letter to the New York Times on Dec. 23, Sanders claims that the Federal Reserve is 'an institution that was created to serve all Americans (which) has been hijacked by the very bankers it regulates.' 'Hijacked' is misleading terminology. The Fed was created on behalf of bankers seeking government favors. Sanders unwittingly propagates the myth that it was created to 'serve all Americans.'" (02/04/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/04/no-senator-sanders-the-fed-was-always-a-creature-of-cronyism/  

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The cozy relationship between the Treasury and the Fed

February 4, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Howden  

"Last year was a tough one for investors. Gold was down 10 percent. The Dow Industrials fell 2.5 percent, and most bond indexes finished down by at least that much. One institution that performed remarkably well in 2015 was the Federal Reserve. It just finished its most profitable year on record." (02/04/16)

https://mises.org/library/cozy-relationship-between-treasury-and-fed  

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Federal Reserve: Bizarro Robin Hood?

January 21, 2016
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Bizzaro World is a land featured in the Superman comics where everything is the opposite of our world. While Bizzaro World is a fictional creation, at times it seems that some individuals and institutions from Bizarro World have stepped off the pages of the comics and into real life. Take the Federal Reserve for example. Michael Gray of the New York Post is the latest to point out that the Federal Reserve is a Bizzaro Robin Hood, since it steals from the poor and gives to the rich ..." (01/21/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/federal-reserve-bizzaro-robin-hood  

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What does the Federal Reserve have to hide?

January 13, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Supporters paint a Fed audit as simple common sense; opponents as an attempt to 'politicize' US monetary policy. It seems to me that logic and reason are entirely with the pro-audit side. The Federal Reserve system was established by Congress in 1913 for the express purpose of manipulating the national currency pursuant to statutory objectives (creating and maintaining 'maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates'). That's inherently 'political.' It's not 'politicization' that audit opponents really object to. What they object to, their dark references to 'conspiracy theory' and other attempts at distraction notwithstanding, is transparency." (01/12/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4051  

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US Senate rejects “Audit the Fed” bill

January 13, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Senate on Tuesday blocked legislation calling for tougher audits of the Federal Reserve, rebuffing an attempt by Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul to give lawmakers greater oversight of the central bank’s moves on interest rates. The 53-44 vote fell short of the threshold to overcome a Democratic filibuster. But the Kentucky Republican, who is seeking the GOP's nomination for president, was joined by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president who occupies the opposite end of the political spectrum from Paul." (01/13/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/senate-rejects-rand-pauls-audit-the-fed-legislation/2016/01/12/f3a21abe-b968-11e5-85cd-5ad59bc19432_story.html  

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Are we headed for another bust?

January 5, 2016
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Frank Shostak Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak  

"On Wednesday December 16, 2015, Federal Reserve Bank policymakers raised the federal funds rate target by 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent for the first time since December 2008. There is the possibility that the target could be lifted gradually to 1.25 percent by December next year. Fed policymakers have justified this increase with the view that the economy is strong enough and can stand on its own feet. 'The Committee judges that there has been considerable improvement in labor market conditions this year, and it is reasonably confident the inflation will rise over the medium term to its 2 percent objective,' the Fed said in its policy statement. Various key economic indicators such as industrial production don't support this optimism." (01/05/16)

https://mises.org/library/are-we-headed-another-bust  

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