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33 Interest Rates and Monetary Policy McGraw-Hill/Irwin Copyright © 2012 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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1 33 Interest Rates and Monetary Policy McGraw-Hill/Irwin Copyright © 2012 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

2 Interest Rates The price paid for the use of money Many different interest rates Speak as if only one interest rate Determined by the money supply and money demand LO1 33-2

3 Demand for Money Why hold money? Transactions demand, D t Determined by nominal GDP Independent of the interest rate Asset demand, D a Money as a store of value Varies inversely with the interest rate Total money demand, D m LO1 33-3

4 Demand for Money Rate of interest, i percent Amount of money demanded (billions of dollars) Amount of money demanded (billions of dollars) Amount of money demanded and supplied (billions of dollars) = + (a) Transactions demand for money, D t (b) Asset demand for money, D a (c) Total demand for money, D m and supply DtDt DaDa DmDm SmSm 5 LO1 33-4

5 Interest Rates Equilibrium interest rate Changes with shifts in money supply and money demand Interest rates and bond prices Inversely related Bond pays fixed annual interest payment Lower bond price will raise the interest rate LO1 33-5

6 Assets Securities Loans to commercial banks Liabilities Reserves of commercial banks Treasury deposits Federal Reserve Notes outstanding LO2 Federal Reserve Balance Sheet 33-6

7 March 24, 2010 (in Millions) Source: Federal Reserve Statistical Release, H.4.1, March 24, 2010, Securities Loans to Commercial Banks All Other Assets Total Reserves of Commercial Banks Treasury Deposits Federal Reserve Notes (Outstanding) All Other Liabilities and Net Worth Total $2,017,955 85, ,911 $2,316,525 $ 1,147, , , ,656 $2,316,525 LO2 Federal Reserve Balance Sheet Assets Liabilities and Net Worth 33-7

8 Central Banks LO2 33-8

9 Tools of Monetary Policy Open market operations Buying and selling of government securities (or bonds) Commercial banks and the general public Used to influence the money supply When the Fed sells securities, commercial bank reserves are reduced LO2 33-9

10 Tools of Monetary Policy Fed buys bonds from commercial banks AssetsLiabilities and Net Worth Federal Reserve Banks + Securities+ Reserves of Commercial Banks (b) Reserves Commercial Banks -Securities (a) +Reserves (b) Assets Liabilities and Net Worth LO2 (a) Securities 33-10

11 Tools of Monetary Policy Fed sells bonds to commercial banks AssetsLiabilities and Net Worth Federal Reserve Banks - Securities- Reserves of Commercial Banks Commercial Banks + Securities (a) - Reserves (b) Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (a) Securities (b) Reserves LO

12 Open Market Operations Fed buys $1,000 bond from a commercial bank New Reserves $5000 Bank System Lending Total Increase in the Money Supply, ($5,000) $1000 Excess Reserves LO

13 Open Market Operations Fed buys $1,000 bond from the public Check is Deposited New Reserves $1000 Total Increase in the Money Supply, ($5000) $200 Required Reserves $800 Excess Reserves $1000 Initial Checkable Deposit $4000 Bank System Lending LO

14 Tools of Monetary Policy The reserve ratio Changes the money multiplier The discount rate The Fed as lender of last resort Short term loans Term auction facility Introduced December 2007 Banks bid for the right to borrow reserves LO

15 The Reserve Ratio Effects of Changes in the Reserve Ratio (1) Reserve Ratio, % (2) Checkable Deposits (3) Actual Reserves (4) Required Reserves (5) Excess Reserves, (3) –(4) (6) Money-Creating Potential of Single Bank, = (5) (7) Money-Creating Potential of Banking System (1) 10$20,000$5000$2000$3000 $30,000 (2) 20 20, (3) 2520, (4) 30 20, LO

16 Tools of Monetary Policy Open market operations are the most important Reserve ratio last changed in 1992 Discount rate was a passive tool Term auction facility is new Guaranteed amount lent by the Fed Anonymous LO

17 The Federal Funds Rate Rate charged by banks on overnight loans Targeted by the Federal Reserve FOMC conducts open market operations to achieve the target Demand curve for Federal funds Supply curve for Federal funds LO

18 The Federal Funds Rate Federal Funds Rate, Percent 3.5 Quantity of Reserves DfDf S f S f 1 S f 2 Qf3Qf3 Qf1Qf1 Qf2Qf2 Using Open Market Operations LO

19 Monetary Policy Expansionary monetary policy Economy faces a recession Lower target for Federal funds rate Fed buys securities Expanded money supply Downward pressure on other interest rates LO

20 Monetary Policy Restrictive monetary policy Periods of rising inflation Increases Federal funds rate Increases money supply Increases other interest rates LO

21 Percent Year Prime interest rate Federal funds rate Monetary Policy 33-21

22 Taylor Rule Rule of thumb for tracking actual monetary policy Fed has 2% target inflation rate If real GDP = potential GDP and inflation is 2%, then targeted Federal funds rate is 4% Target varies as inflation and real GDP vary LO

23 Monetary Policy, Real GDP, Price Level Affect on real GDP and price level Cause-effect chain Market for money Investment and the interest rate Investment and aggregate demand Real GDP and prices Expansionary monetary policy Restrictive monetary policy LO

24 Monetary Policy and Equilibrium GDP Rate of Interest, i (Percent) Amount of money demanded and supplied (billions of dollars) Amount of investment (billions of dollars) Price Level Real GDP (billions of dollars) Q1Q1 QfQf Q3Q3 $125$150$175$15$20$25 P2P2 P3P3 S m1 S m2 S m3 DmDm ID AD 1 I=$15 AD 2 I=$20 AD 3 I=$25 (a) The market for money (b) Investment demand (c) Equilibrium real GDP and the Price level AS LO

25 Price Level Real GDP (billions of dollars) Q1Q1 QfQf Q3Q3 P2P2 P3P3 AD 1 I=$15 AD 2 I=$20 AD 3 I=$25 (c) Equilibrium real GDP and the Price level AS Price Level Real GDP (billions of dollars) Q1Q1 QfQf Q3Q3 P2P2 P3P3 AD 1 I=$15 AD 2 I=$20 AD 3 I=$25 (d) Equilibrium real GDP and the Price level AS a b c AD 4 I=$22.5 Monetary Policy and Equilibrium GDP LO

26 Expansionary Monetary Policy Problem: Unemployment and Recession Fed buys bonds, lowers reserve ratio, lowers the discount rate, or increases reserve auctions Excess reserves increase Federal funds rate falls Money supply rises Interest rate falls Investment spending increases Aggregate demand increases Real GDP rises LO4 CAUSE-EFFECT CHAIN 33-26

27 Restrictive Monetary Policy Problem: Inflation Fed sells bonds, increases reserve ratio, increases the discount rate, or decreases reserve auctions Excess reserves decrease Federal funds rate rises Money supply falls Interest rate rises Investment spending decreases Aggregate demand decreases Inflation declines CAUSE-EFFECT CHAIN LO

28 Evaluation and Issues Advantages over fiscal policy Speed and flexibility Isolation from political pressure Monetary policy is more subtle than fiscal policy LO

29 Recent U.S. Monetary Policy Highly active in recent decades Responded with quick and innovative actions during the recent financial crisis and the severe recession Critics contend the Fed contributed to the crisis by keeping the Federal funds rate too low for too long LO

30 Problems and Complications Lags Recognition and operational Cyclical asymmetry Liquidity trap LO

31 The Big Picture Levels of Output, Employment, Income, and Prices Aggregate Demand Aggregate Supply Input Resources With Prices Productivity Sources Legal- Institutional Environment Consumption (C a ) Investment (I g ) Net Export Spending (X n ) Government Spending (G) 33-31


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