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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.

"The White House," a digital animation by Jeon Joonho

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.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 05:  Prime Minister David Cameron holds a Q&A session on the forthcoming European Union referendum with staff of PricewaterhouseCoopers on April 5, 2016 in Birmingham, England. The UK will vote on whether or not to remain in the European Union on June 23, 2016.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Four Economic Questions on Brexit

Could a Britain outside the EU survive economically and politically?

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IMF Chief Lagarde Just Endorsed This Radical Policy Once Thought Impossible

IMF chief Christine Lagarde endorsed use of negative interest rates, a radical idea most thought was impossible.

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Will the U.S. Break This Fundamental Law of Finance?

The EU, Japan and others are doing something economists thought was impossible. Will the U.S. join them?

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U.S. Fed Chief Speaks Softly But Carries a Big Warning

U.S. Fed chief Janet Yellen rings the warning bell on the U.S. economy.

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Happy Days Are Here Again (At Least in the U.S.)

The U.S. Federal Reserve officially end a policy meant to save the U.S. from the Great Recession.

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Two U.S. Fed Officials Hint It’s Going to Get More Expensive to Borrow Cash

Two U.S. Fed officials hint a December interest rate liftoff is coming.

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Yellen: U.S. Banks Are Still a Risk to Financial Stability

Fed chief Janet Yellen tells lawmakers big U.S. financial firms are behind on putting in place key safeguards to prevent a repeat of 2008.