Daily Archives: December 17, 2009

Krishna Guha

The separation principle is back – this time on the US side of the Atlantic. With today’s statement the Fed is basically embracing an ECB-style distinction between liquidity policy and monetary policy.

At the onset of the crisis some Fed officials thought there was something to the separation principle idea. Others thought it was complete nonsense.

As the crisis intensified Fed officials quickly reached a consensus that it made no sense to distinguish between monetary and liquidity policy in crisis conditions when both directly and substantially influence private borrowing rates and overall financial conditions. They thought the ECB was mistaken Read more