Category Archives: Central banking

This category considers issues pertaining to central banking and overall regulation of the banking system.

Precarious private balance sheets driven by fiscal austerity is the problem

The media has been giving a lot of attention in the last week to the 10-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers crash which occurred on September 15, 2008 and marked the realisation, after months of denial, that there was a … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Economics, Fiscal Statements, National Accounts | 28 Comments

Bank of Japan once again shows who calls the shots

On August 1, 2018, the 10-year Japanese government bond yield, shot through the roof (albeit a very low one). Yields shifted from 0.05 per cent on July 31 to 0.129 on August 1, which was the largest one-day rise since … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Fiscal Statements, Japan | 18 Comments

Fiscal space has nothing to do with public debt ratios or the size of deficits

The Project Syndicate is held out as an independent, quality source of Op Ed discussion. When you scan through the economists that contribute you see quite a pattern and it is the anathema of ‘independent’. There is really no commentary … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Debriefing 101, Fiscal Statements, US economy | 34 Comments

MMT is just plain good economics – Part 2

I am surprised at the hostility that Part 1 in this series created. I have received a lot of E-mails about it, many of which contained just a few words, the most recurring being Turkey! One character obviously needed to … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Central banking, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, Inflation, UK Economy | 42 Comments

The neoliberal ‘progressives’ and their bankster mates are becoming rattled

You know, an Italian won the British Open golf championship yesterday (the first Italian to ever win a golf major) because of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations. The causality is impeccable. I am sure about that, although it might take … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Fiscal Statements, Reclaim the State, US economy | 22 Comments

The BIS should be defunded and then dissolved

On June 24, 2018, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) released their – Annual Economic Report 2018 – which contains their latest analysis of the global economy including the risks they think the current growth process faces. It is full … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language | 12 Comments

ECB continues to play a political role making a mockery of its ‘independence’

Those who follow European politics will be familiar now with the recent events in Italy. I wrote about them in this blog post – The assault on democracy in Italy. The facts are obvious. The democratic process for all its … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Eurozone | 15 Comments

ECB research provides a withering critique of mainstream macroeconomics

Although this blog post considers some very technical material its message is simple. Mainstream macroeconomic models that are used to determine policy choices by governments are deeply flawed and the evidence strongly supports a central thrust of Modern Monetary Theory … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Central banking, Economics, UK Economy | 24 Comments

Trade and finance mysteries – Part 2

I was running late yesterday and the blog post was already rather long so I left some matters concerning central banks for today. The question we address briefly today is what is the role of central banks in all these … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Debriefing 101, Fiscal Statements, Japan | 34 Comments

Trade and external finance mysteries – Part 1

I have received many E-mails and direct twitter messages overnight and today following the ‘debate’ on Real Progressives yesterday, where trade issues and related financial transactions were discussed. I saw that section of the debate (after the fact) and concluded … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Debriefing 101, Fiscal Statements | 143 Comments