Unconventional Choices for Unconventional Times Credit and Quantitative Easing in Advanced Economies

This paper examines the unconventional monetary policy actions undertaken by G-7 central banks and assesses their effectiveness in alleviating financial market pressures and facilitating credit flows to the real economy. Central banks acted nimbly, decisively, and creatively in their response to the...

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Main Author: Klyuev, Vladimir
Other Authors: De Imus, Phil, Srinivasan, Krishna
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C. International Monetary Fund 2009
Series:IMF Staff Position Notes
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Collection: International Monetary Fund - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
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Summary:This paper examines the unconventional monetary policy actions undertaken by G-7 central banks and assesses their effectiveness in alleviating financial market pressures and facilitating credit flows to the real economy. Central banks acted nimbly, decisively, and creatively in their response to the deepening of the crisis. They embarked on a number of unconventional policies, some of which had been tried before, while others were new. The scale and scope of unconventional measures have differed substantially across major central banks. Massive asset purchases have boosted the size of the central bank balance sheets the most in the United States and the United Kingdom. However, the Bank of England has relied primarily on the purchases of government bonds, while the Fed has acquired a variety of assets, including commercial paper and mortgage-backed securities and providing financing for acquisition of other asset-backed securities. Central bank interventions, along with government actions, have been broadly successful in stabilizing financial conditions over time
Physical Description:37 pages
ISBN:9781462382828