Recently in monetary policy Category
Time to repost the most recent Deseret News article from yesterday.
As many observers expected the U.S. Federal Reserve began a new round of quantitative easing this fall in an attempt to stimulate the economy by increasing the supply of available money. As I discussed at the beginning of August, there is no fundamental difference between quantitative easing and the Fed's normal open market operations. In the latter case the Fed buys U.S. Treasury securities on the bond market and in the former case it buys other non-traditional financial assets. In both cases, however, it pays for these purchases by creating money.
Speculation has been building of late that the U.S. Federal
Reserve - or "The Fed" - will soon begin another round of
quantitative easing. The Fed has already
engaged in two rounds, the first running from late 2008 to mid-2010 and now known
as QE1, and again from late 2010 to mid-2011 known as QE2. So this round, if it happens, would be
QE3. Quantitative easing is not the
usual method for conducting monetary policy, but it's also not as different as
most people think.