How Does the Federal Reserve Evaluate Policy?

– August 27, 2021

“If inflation does not relent in approaching months, this call for a modest tightening will likely develop support from other ranking members of the Fed. I’m willing to bet that support for tightening will be strongly correlated with the value of the loss function presented here.” ~ James L. Caton


The Great Inflation Debate Is Missing Why Inflation Matters

– August 26, 2021

“The public debate over inflation is a great opportunity to focus on what really matters: subjecting monetary policymakers to the rule of law. Unfortunately, we’re currently squandering that opportunity to repeat pop-macroeconomic fallacies.” ~ Alexander W. Salter


Monetary Institutions and Monetary Control: What the Fed Should and Shouldn’t Do

– August 24, 2021

“Professors Boettke, Salter, and Smith take aim at the root of monetary policy of our time; finding it deeply deficient, they recommend putting central banks under very strict rules. Bring on the fetters.” ~ Joakim Book


Corridor Versus Floor Operating Systems

– August 21, 2021

“Although the Fed’s and the banks’ balance sheets have ballooned since the Great Recession, these reserves are less leveraged than they had been under the corridor system, because the IORB interest rate enables banks to earn income without lending.” ~ Robert F. Mulligan


The End of Bretton Woods, Jacques Rueff, and the “Monetary Sin of the West”

– August 14, 2021

“As its contemporary critics understood, Bretton Woods was doomed to fail if it could not be fundamentally reformed. One of its chief contemporary critics was the French economist, Jacques Rueff.” ~ Lawrence H. White


Illusions of Central Bank Independence

– August 11, 2021

“Blame for this grim outcome will likely fall at the feet of the usual suspects, ‘neo-liberal’ policies and unfettered markets. Meanwhile the true culprits, the global fiat currency regime and unrepentant central bankers, will be absolved of their sins.” ~ Christopher Lingle


Why is Monetary Policy Focusing on the Overnight Lending Market?

– July 21, 2021

“Borrowing in the overnight lending market allows for the Federal Reserve to access a larger pool of funds from a diversity of financial institutions. As a result, the Fed can borrow these funds at lower rates and avoid attracting negative attention that would be generated by an increase in the interest rate target and the interest rate paid on reserves.” ~ James L. Caton


Not Smart Financial Regulation

– July 16, 2021

“U.S. financial regulators approved the NSFR despite the fact that their own evidence showed the costs of the rule exceed its benefits. That’s Not Smart Financial Regulation.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan


Inflating the Circulating Medium: Cause or Effect?

– July 9, 2021

“The concern over the potential for increased future price levels (‘inflation’ as measured by CPI or PCE) is largely misplaced. It may not be the most serious or most likely outcome of the ongoing ‘unconventional’ policies that have been inflating the circulating medium.” ~ Christopher Lingle


A Conversation on Monetary Policy During the Covid Era

– July 7, 2021

“On this episode of the Authors Corner, Ethan Yang interviews AIER Senior Fellow Dr. Tom Hogan on the radical developments that have characterized US monetary policy and the future of money.” ~ AIER


Enough About Interest Rates!

– July 3, 2021

“We need to change the public conversation surrounding monetary policy. Talking about the Fed’s activities in terms of interest rates is easy, but deeply flawed. It is better to keep an eye on more relevant variables, like the overall size of the balance sheet.” ~ Alexander William Salter


Is Inflation Below the Fed’s Target? Yes and No.

– June 30, 2021

“Adjusting for oil and auto prices puts the rate of inflation below the Fed’s 2 percent average target rate. Still, high rates of NGDP growth and mounting bank reserves should cause Fed officials to be leery of high inflation going forward.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan