monetary policy

President Donald Trump walks with Jerome Powell at the White House in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017.

The West’s Constitutional Crises Threaten the Economy’s Last Best Hope

Central banks have kept their economies afloat this year—but political dysfunction is pushing them past the breaking point.

Lebanese demonstrators protest against the government's handling of a collapsing economy, with Lebanon burdened by debt of nearly $90 billion, on Feb. 11, 2020 in Beirut.

Start Preparing for the Coming Debt Crisis

The global financial crisis was just the prelude to what could be coming next. The next administration better be ready.

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Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown

The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.

A bank teller counts a stack of Chinese yuan and U.S. dollars at a bank in Shanghai on July 22, 2005.

Don’t Discount the Dollar Yet

China may want to displace the dollar with the yuan as the global reserve currency, but its actions are leading to the opposite.

An employee sorts Turkish lira banknotes at a bank in the town of Sarmada in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on June 14.

Erdogan Has Hidden an Economic Disaster Deep in Turkish Banks

And he won’t be able to keep the game going for much longer.

A homeless man panhandles along a street in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Aug. 16.

To Avoid a Coronavirus Depression, the U.S. Can’t Afford to Alienate the World

America needs a cooperative global economy to dig itself out of the downturn. That will require deft economic diplomacy, not bluster and bullying.

People walk down 16th Street after “Defund The Police” was painted on the street near the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 8.

Defund the Bankers

The U.S. economy needs reform, and the Black Lives Matter movement shows how it can be done.

Christine Lagarde, then-director of the International Monetary Fund, speaks with Jerome Powell, the chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, during the family picture of the G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Buenos Aires on July 21, 2018.

The Death of the Central Bank Myth

For decades, monetary policy has been treated as technical, not political. The pandemic has ended that illusion forever.

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Terminal Deflation Is Coming

Central banks’ interventions in the pandemic economy are unprecedentedly vast—and not nearly enough.

Demonstrators protest against government bailouts of banks in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York City on Oct. 24, 2008.

This Time, Can We Finally Turn a Financial Crisis Into an Opportunity?

Once again, markets are crashing and taxpayers are bailing out wealthy insiders. It's time we reform this perverse social contract.

$100 notes are printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2013.

The Democratic People’s Republic of U.S. Monetary Policy

Congress is outsourcing more and more policymaking to the Federal Reserve.

Christine Lagarde and Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann

Germany Chooses Economic Nostalgia Over Saving the Planet

Central bankers are recognizing they have the power and responsibility to fight climate change. The Bundesbank would rather not.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman nominee Jerome Powell looks on as President Donald Trump speaks during a press event in the Rose Garden at the White House on Nov. 2, 2017.

What the Last Recession Tells Us About the Next One

A transcript of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s remarks in Paris.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press event at the White House in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017.

The Global Economy Lives in Wonderland Now

Central banks have gone fully through the looking glass, and it’s time that everyone else followed.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the press during the Argentina G20 Leaders' Summit 2018 on Dec. 1 in Buenos Aires. (Daniel Jayo/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Anti-Semitism Will Sink Turkey’s Economy

The Turkish president’s racist conspiracy theories are a threat to economic stability.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan displays the new Turkish lira in Ankara on October 25, 2004. (Tarik Tinazay/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Is Poised to Reform the Turkish Lira

Unfortunately for him, it probably won’t work.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, flanked by his deputy Ali Babacan and Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci with the symbol for the national currency, the Turkish lira, during a ceremony in Ankara, on March 1, 2012. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Is Failing Economics 101

Turkey’s president has made a huge bet that he's right and all of the world’s economic experts are wrong.