Only the ignorant live in fear of hyperinflation

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Failure to understand the monetary system has made it more difficult for central banks to act, reads Financial Times on 10th April 2014 in an excellent article written by the Chief Economics Commentator of FT, Martin Wolf. 

Here’s a short extract:

What makes banks special is that their liabilities are money – a universally acceptable IOU. In the UK, 97 per cent of broad money consists of bank deposits mostly created by such bank lending. Banks really do “print” money. But when customers repay, it is torn up.

We highly recommend to read the article in full. It explains seven fundamental points about how the monetary system really works as opposed to how people think it does – banks are not financial intermediaries, the money multiplier myth, what determines how much do banks lend, how can central banks influence the decisions of banks, regulation, central bank reserves and quantitative easing.


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  • Cushy Glen

    Can’t access the FT without paying!

    • Crispy

      Yes you can, just sign up and they let you read some articles for free. I just read Martin’s article and have never given them a penny.

  • John Morrison

    Yes its a bummer. I seek a diversity of sources of information and paying for one goes against that. It also convert an information link into an advert for someones business. If they make you pay then don’t link to them!

  • androo235

    You get 8 articles a month for free – i just hit my limit, the first time I have after a year or two so it’s not that restrictive if you on want/need to read the odd article in the FT..

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