Tag Archives: banking
Feb 23, 2013Posted by on
A recent article; 138 Years of Economic History Show that It’s Excessive PRIVATE Debt Causes Depression, states that government debt – over a certain level – does matter as it forms a drag on the economy, but private debt kills it.
Focusing on private sector debt (credit), the article referenced a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, The Great Leveraging, which analysed 138 years of economic history in 14 advanced economies. Read more of this post
Feb 16, 2013Posted by on
Banks do not wait for a customer to deposit money before they make a new loan. Loans are made and recorded in a customer’s account as a debt to the bank. A customer’s debt also becoming a bank asset. The concept of ‘fractional reserve banking’ recognises that banks can lend out many times more than the amount of cash and reserves they hold at the central bank. This implies a strong link between the amount of money that banks create and the amount that they hold at the central bank. Something that is not true, any more than the assumption that the central bank has significant control over the amount of reserves banks hold with it. Read more of this post