Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Implementing Monetary Policy

From someone that actually does it, here's his description of how the Fed implements monetary policy.

Since many of you plan to work in the financial markets, I thought that you might find it interesting to hear some of the details of how U.S. monetary policy is actually implemented and how policy decisions affect asset prices and yields. I will begin by discussing how the Federal Reserve influences the federal funds rate, the one market interest rate over which it has fairly direct control. I will then discuss the effects of changes in the federal funds rate on the asset prices and yields that matter the most for economic activity and inflation.

Remarks by Governor Ben S. Bernanke

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