April 05, 2013 at 03:30 AM EDT
Understanding the Modern Monetary System – Part 4
The economic system is similar to a machine. The metaphor of a car is useful to understand how all the pieces fit together. Monetary policy is akin to the brake and accelerator pads. When the central bank raises the Federal Funds Rate it does so typically to suppress inflationary pressures by making it less enticing for banks to issue loans (creat...
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