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2015-048: Monetary Policy, Hot Housing Markets and Leverage

July 6th, 2015

Christoph T. Ungerer. Expansionary monetary policy can increase household leverage by stimulating housing liquidity. Low mortgage rates encourage buyers to enter the housing market, raising the speed at which properties can be sold. Because lenders can resell seized foreclosure inventory at lower cost in such a hot housing market, ex-ante they are comfortable financing a larger fraction of the house purchase. Consistent with this mechanism, this study documents empirically that both the housing sales rate and loan-to-value ratios increase after expansionary monetary policy. Calibrating a New Keynesian macroeconomic model to fit the response of housing liquidity to monetary policy, the interaction between credit frictions and housing market search frictions generates endogenous movements in the loan-to-value ratio which amplify the economy’s response to monetary policy.

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2015-047: Monetary Policy 101: A Primer on the Fed’s Changing Approach to Policy Implementation

July 6th, 2015

Jane E. Ihrig, Ellen E. Meade, and Gretchen C. Weinbach. The Federal Reserve conducts monetary policy in order to achieve its statutory mandate of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates as prescribed by the Congress and laid out in the Federal Reserve Act. For many years prior to the financial crisis, the FOMC set a target for the federal funds rate and achieved that target through purchases and sales of securities in the open market. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, with a superabundant level of reserve balances in the banking system having been created as a result of the Federal Reserve’s large scale asset purchase programs, this approach to implementing monetary policy will no longer work. This paper provides a primer on the Fed’s implementation of monetary policy. We use the standard textbook model to illustrate why the approach used by the Federal Reserve before the financial crisis to keep t
he federal funds rate near the FOMC’s target will not work in current circumstances, and explain the approach that the Committee intends to use instead when it decides to begin raising short-term interest rates.

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All Successful Financial Goals Should Start with This

July 6th, 2015

There are an endless variety of financial goals that you can set out to achieve.

Some can be very short term, i.e. “I’m not going to spend a dollar today.”

Some can take a little more planning …

All Successful Financial Goals Should Start with This

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