This is rather impressive: “Cash still exists in rather surprising quantity – about a trillion dollars, or more than $3,000 per capita, 77% of it in hundred-dollar bills. But you and I, corporate businesses, and financial markets use trivial amounts of cash. The legal, and especially corporate and financial economies, have moved to electronic, interest-bearingRead More

The Full Monty on Naked Short Selling

JP Koning has written an interesting post that depicts banks as engaging in “naked short selling” when they simultaneously create new loan assets and new deposit liabilities. For example, he compares the idea of systemic deposit creation with the case of selling Microsoft stock without owning the stock (shorting the stock) and also without borrowing theRead More

Market Monetarism – Monetary Base Overdrive

Martin Wolf has written (HT Cullen Roche) an excellent article on the recent Bank of England paper. Here are his key summary points from that article: First, banks are not just financial intermediaries. The act of saving does not increase deposits in banks. If your employer pays you, the deposit merely shifts from its account to yours. ThisRead More

Thomas Palley on Steve Keen’s Model of Aggregate Demand

Thomas Palley’s paper is here: (HT: Ramanan) Some time ago, a few of us were after Steve Keen in respect of his newly defined aggregate demand function, pointing to a time-inconsistency in its income and non-income flow of funds components. He has since corrected this, with a model whose principal defining equation is nowRead More