Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, conservatorship, homeownership, Joe Nocera, housing, Government Bailouts,

Yesterday, Joe Nocera penned an extraordinary column expressing his bafflement at the Trump administration’s drive to release Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two firms that purchase and guarantee around half of single-family mortgages in the United States, from government conservatorship. Nocera argues against such a move, writing…

mmt, banking regulation, bank run, bank failure, regulation, free banking

Yesterday morning, a Modern Monetary Theorist tweeted part of a 2017 interview he did with Warren Mosler, one of that school's leading proponents and benefactors. As the clip was titled "Against Free Banking: The Liability Side Isn't The Place For Market Discipline," yours truly couldn't resist a…

excess reserves, fed, fed balance sheet, repos, bank reserves

"The FOMC should forget about r* for the moment and focus on … the supermassive black hole at the center of global dollar funding markets."–Zoltan Poszar, 21 August, 2019. A few weeks ago, as part of its effort to prevent overnight rates from rising above the Fed's…

Cato Monetary Conference, Fed, Federal Reserve, Richard Clarida, Monetary Alternatives

Improving the Monetary System Since 1983, the Cato Institute’s Annual Monetary Conference has brought together leading scholars and policymakers to discuss important issues in the conduct of monetary policy and steps that might be taken to improve the existing system.  The conferences have also considered ideas for…