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Quantitative Easing In a Nutshell

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Guest Article by Matthieu Farrell-Braga


Let's rewind to 2020, on the cusp of socioeconomic disaster. The stock market is booming while millions file for unemployment. The statement, “the stock market is just a graph of rich people’s feelings,” has never run more true. But why is this so? This is, in part, a result of the Federal Reserve’s efforts to stimulate the economy and encourage spending through an expansionary monetary policy known as Quantitative Spending. 


Quantitative Spending functions through digital crediting of central banks. Money is “created,” not through printing and mass distribution, but rather as an endowment through online processes. This money is then used by central banks to purchase treasuries and different forms of assets. The scale of purchasing and types of purchases made drive down interest rates, as banks compete with each other to earn borrowers. This also leads to lower yields on income assets, thus encouraging riskier investments like shares. 


While we see an initial boost in the market, quantitative easing can fail by many means. It can lead to hyper-inflation, central banks can decide not to invest their money based off of ill-faith in the markets, or they can even sell assets back to the markets and essentially reverse the easing that occurred in the first place. The hope is that this initial boost will stimulate the economy enough to the point that it recovers and matches the market boost, thus eliminating the apparent disconnect.


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