Category Archives: Central banking

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

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 | 32 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

Bank of Japan’s QE strategy is failing

On April 20, 1018, the IMF presented its – Asia and Pacfic Department Press Briefing – in conjunction with the release of the April 2018 World Economic Outlook and the upcoming (May 9, 2018) release of its Asia and Pacific … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Japan | 23 Comments

Where do we get the funds from to pay our taxes and buy government debt?

I have been (involuntarily) copied into a rather lengthy Twitter exchange in the last week or so where a person who says he is ‘all over MMT’ (meaning I presume, that he understands its basic principles and levels of abstraction … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Debriefing 101, Fiscal Statements | 107 Comments

Censorship, the central bank independence ruse and Groupthink

A few things came up late last week which demonstrate the neoliberal Groupthink is alive an well at the highest levels of policy in Australia (and elsewhere). First, there was a story that a report from an Australian Broadcasting Commission … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, RBA decisions, Reclaim the State | 17 Comments

An MMT response to Jared Bernstein – Part 2

This is the second part of my response to an article posted by American political analyst Jared Berstein (January 7, 2018) – Questions for the MMTers. Part 1 considered the thorny issue of the capacity of fiscal policy to be … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Debriefing 101, Fiscal Statements, US economy | 33 Comments

Household debt is part of a broader problem – be informed

The head of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), which was created in 1998 as part of the sham to separate regulation from policy and pretend the Reserve Bank of Australia was independent, gave a speech in Sydney yesterday (November … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Fiscal Statements | 10 Comments

Australian inflation outlook benign – room for fiscal stimulus

Central banks around the world have been demonstrating how weak monetary policy is in trying to stimulate demand. They have been building up their balance sheets (massively) by creating reserves in return for government and corporate paper in an attempt … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Inflation | 12 Comments

The sham of ECB independence

One of the major claims the founders of the EMU made was that by creating an independent ECB – by which they meant ‘independent’ of the influence from the Member States or other EU bodies (such as the Eurogroup) – … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Eurozone | 9 Comments

A former UK Chancellor attempts to save face and just becomes confused

On May 6, 1997, just 4 days after coming to office in what was to become Tony Blair’s retrogressive regime, the then British Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown announced that Labour would legislate the so-called independence of the Bank of England. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Central banking, Fiscal Statements, UK Economy | 6 Comments