Apr 21 2012

Open market operations

The central bank’s buying and selling of government bonds on the open market from commercial banks and the public. Aimed at increasing or decreasing the level of reserves in the banking system and thereby affecting the interest rate and the level of aggregate demand. Selling bonds takes money out of circulation, reducing the supply of money and raising the interest rate (contractionary monetary policy). The Fed’s buying of bonds increases the amount of money in circulation, increasing the money supply and reducing interest rates (expansionary monetary policy).


About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author


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