The US financial system is extremely complicated and this series shades light only on some corners of that system by focusing on the banking sector.
The post studies how the Fed is involved in fiscal operations and how the U.S. Treasury is involved in monetary-policy operations. The extensive interaction between these two branches of the U.S. government is necessary for fiscal and monetary policies to work properly.
This post answers some FAQs about monetary policy and central banking. Each of them can be read independently.
While details in operating procedures have changed through time, the federal funds rate has progressively gained in importance as a relevant operating tool since the 1920s.
Now that we have an understanding of how the balance sheet of the Fed works, it is possible to go into the details of how the Fed operates in the economy in terms of monetary policy.
Part 1 reviewed basic balance-sheet mechanics. This post begins to apply them to the Federal Reserve System (Fed).