Focus on Monetary Policy and Inflation

Focus on Monetary Policy and Inflation

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On November 29, Bloomberg published a report detailing the magnitude of loans made by the Federal Reserve to large banks during the financial crisis in 2008.

In a November 29 speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, economist Lars Svensson, deputy governor of the Bank of Sweden, discussed monetary and financial solutions to the world economic crisis.

On November 23, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas posted an analysis of recent inflation data. It shows a continuing downward trend, with a negative inflation rate in October.

On November 16, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York posted a commentary on the “zero bound” problem—market interest rates cannot fall below zero. This often creates problems in financial markets when the general level of interest rates is very low, as they are now.

In a November 2 commentary, economist John Makin refuted some myths about monetary policy, such as the idea that hyperinflation is right around the corner, as many conservatives have been saying for three years.

In an October 27 commentary, George Washington University law professor argued that much conservative criticism of the Federal Reserve is misplaced and that adoption of a gold standard would make matters worse.

On October 26, the Federal Reserve Board posted a working paper on the measurement of trend inflation.

On October 24, the Vatican issued a statement on international monetary and financial policy. It suggested a tax on financial transactions to reduce volatility.

I last posted items on this topic on October 25

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including his new book: The Benefit and the Burden.

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.