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Global Economy Living Off Fed's Gravy Train
CNBC ^ | February 03, 2013 | 09:56 PM EST

Posted on 02/04/2013 6:07:26 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs

The Fed's key role in international economic policy coordination is a largely overlooked and ignored aspect of its work. Typically, most people think that is what the president and his economic officials do during the meetings of what American academic community derisively calls "talking shops" (G8, G20, and various U.N. agencies).

But the best kept secret is that the Fed does more for the successful operation of the global business cycle than all these "talking shops" combined. And it does that at no cost to American taxpayers. Last year, for example, the Fed transferred $76.9 billion in profits to the U.S. Treasury, while one of these summit jamborees can cost $850 million.

(Read More: G20 Unlikely to Pressure Japan Over Weakening Yen)

How does the Fed drive the world economy?

The dollar is the channel through which the impact of the Fed's policy is transmitted to the rest of the world. Transmission mechanisms are very wide and instantaneous. About 90 percent of international trade and financial transactions are conducted in dollars; some economies are fully dollarized through currency boards or dollar pegs, the dollar accounts for 62 percent of world currency reserves, and the overwhelmingly dollar-based foreign exchange market has an estimated daily turnover of $4 trillion.

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1 posted on 02/04/2013 6:07:31 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
Conversely, countries with high budget and trade deficits should increase taxes, cut government spending and raise interest rates because they may be experiencing an overheating economy and rising inflation.

Raising taxes in light of inflation is one alternative, but I would much rather see a gov't simply cut spending, freeing private income to spread through the system and migrate to those areas the market says needs capital. Monetary policy may have no effect at all under certain circumstances (e.g., the Keynesian Liquidity Trap). This is why, despite QEI-II-III-IV, the Fed has had no real effect on economic growth. The Fed is pushing on a string.

2 posted on 02/04/2013 6:23:20 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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