The Fed

Monetary Policy Reimagined

Update 474: Monetary Policy ReimaginedWhat the Fed’s Momentous Moves Mean With no recent fiscal action from Congress, all eyes have been on the Federal Reserve. Leery of criticism of TARP and other financial policy responses during the Great Recession, the Fed recently announced a series of new changes to its approach. These changes may augur …

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$260bn+ in CARES Unused

Update 472: $260bn+ in CARES Unused; A Fiscal Fix for Fed Facility Failures? $454 billion was provided in the CARES Act enacted in March, the biggest corporate assistance package since TARP. Today, $259 billion remains uncommitted. All the while, fiscal relief has run out and the American people are suffering. While the $259 billion sits idle, …

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Additional Testing Required

Update 450 — Additional Testing Required:What to Expect from the Fed’s Stress Tests In a month, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Dodd-Frank Act, which codified annual Federal Reserve stress testing of major financial institutions to see if they can withstand various hypothetical macroeconomic hardships. No one contemplated COVID then, …

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Fed Confronts COVID Surge

Update 448 — Fed Confronts COVID SurgeComplicating Policy Calculus for Congress Fourteen states — including California, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina — all in some phase of reopening, set single-day records this month for new coronavirus cases. A statistical error in the BLS unemployment rate understating the true figure by three percent in May will …

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Fed Chair Powell to Congress

Update 440 — Fed Chair Powell to Congress:Spend Much More, Fast, or Risk Depression Approaching Memorial Day, it is now two months ago that Congress approved $2.1 trillion in spending in response to the economic impact of the Coronavirus. About 98 percent of all COVID fatalities in the U.S. have occurred since then.  How have …

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Federal Bailout Policy 2020

Update 434 — Federal Bailout Policy 2020: Picking Winners/Losers vs. Sacrificing Jobs The political toxicity of bailouts was perhaps best conveyed by former Republican South Carolina Governor, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N, and Boeing Director Nikki Haley, who quit her Board seat last month, saying “I cannot support a … federal bailout that prioritizes our …

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Fed’s Flurry of Credit Facilities

Update 432 — Fed’s Flurry of Credit Facilities: $6 Trillion Balance Sheet Arsenal Explained The Fed unveiled a panoply of programs this month and last designed to alleviate deteriorating credit access nationwide. The programs range from a backstop for the $4 trillion money-market industry to direct bridge loans for businesses.  Which of these is tried and …

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Unemployment 3.5%, Inflation 2.3%

Update 407:  Unemployment 3.5%, Inflation 2.3%Yet Prime Rate 1.75% — What Could Go Wrong?? What is the optimal interest rate under current economic conditions?  This question has taken on new meaning for Chair Jerome Powell of the Federal Reserve. The current federal funds rate of 1.75 percent looks like an odd spot, given the nation’s …

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Fed Chair Powell Hits the Hill

Update 395 — Fed Chair Powell Hits the Hill:Is it Time for a Third Mandate for the Fed? Fed Chair Jerome Powell testifies this week before the Joint Economic and House Budget Committees to discuss the overall economic outlook. His appearances give members of Congress the opportunity to ask what could and should the Fed …

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