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  • Re: Why have a Central Bank?

    Central banks perform a number of functions; basically they act as the government's own bank, holding the government checking accounts and collecting tax receipts, facilitating the issuance of bonds, etc. They are also frequently given regulatory functions, such as the enforcement of fractional reserves...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by PhCrawford on Sat, Sep 13 2008
  • Re: When can the fed print more money?

    [quote user="donmc"] Also, the main reason that the fed lowers rates is to increase borrowing and thus increase spending/consumption (to "stimulate the economy" in news fedspeak). [/quote] Note that this is a smokescreen put up by John Maynard Keynes in 1935, well after the Fed was...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by hjmaiere on Mon, Apr 14 2008
  • Re: Questions regarding FED's interest rate mechanism

    Good question. The New York Fed does not lend money to major securities dealers; it buys securities and pays for them with a check. These securities do not always have to be Treasuries. Last year, the Fed bought mortgage-backed securities. If the number of securities remained constant, there would indeed...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by DougM on Tue, Feb 5 2008
  • Re: help me design a self-study course in Austrian economics

    i have recently designed the following course for my own use: rigourous introductory study centers around rothbard's 'man, economy, and state', via robert murphy's accompanying study guide as an auxillary map, and with mises' 'human action', 'theory of money and credit'...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by misesstudent on Wed, Oct 31 2007
  • Question about inflation, fiat money, and the poor/middle class

    As I was educated in the Keynesian/inflationist school of economics, I have (until recently) always been a believer that moderate inflation is good for the economy, and inflation in general is generally favorable to borrowers. I have always believed in the Fed system because I thought it was better than...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Jason Dean on Mon, Oct 22 2007
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