Category Archives: Money and Banking

ECON Case Study


The purpose of this assignment is to provide students with an opportunity to develop a short case study and analysis of an issue related to money and banking using concepts and theories learned in class. 

Use the article below and analyze the issue of the Fed cutting interest rates using the economic concepts and the article below.

The paper should begin with a concise summary paragraph that (1) states the prob-lem/issue/topic you have selected and (2) summarizes your position on the topic, anticipating your conclusion.  The remainder of the paper should explain and support your position.

Your paper should include:
    A narrative of up to 3 pages (not including title page, reference list, or appendices).
    A title page
    A reference list (using APA format) with at least three sources, and
    At least one graph and/or table
    In addition, at the conclusion of your paper please include a brief statement reflecting on what you feel you have learned from the assignment and how that learning may be applied to your life or work going forward.

Please use APA format in-text citations for all facts and figures in the body of your paper and proof your paper for grammar and spelling.

ECON Discussion 7


Monetary policy in the US, especially the desire to increase interest rates, will have international repercussions. One of these will be to strengthen an already strong dollar. Please discuss the consequences of increasing interest rates on the US economy, taking into consideration the global ramifications.

ECON Discussion 5

Since the 2007 financial crisis the Feds portfolio of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities has grown tremendously, from $900 to around $4.0 trillion today.  In recent years there has been much discussion about how and how quickly the Fed may begin reducing the size of its balance sheet.  What is the Feds balance sheet?  Whats your take?  Should the balance sheet be smaller?

Please see the links below for some useful background.

Hopper, L. (2018, July, 11). How the fed is reducing its balance sheetand why. Retrieved from

Ng, Michael. Wessel, David. (18, August 2018). The Hutchins Center Explains: The Fed’s balance sheet. retrieved from

ECON Discussion 4

The Financial Crisis of 2007 2009 was the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and like that event had global repercussions and consequences. Also like the earlier crisis there were significant events that were under the control of policy makers that made the 2008 crisis worse, among these were lax banking regulations on home loans, a loosening of regulations that had prevented commercial banks from engaging in speculative behavior more typically reserved for investment banks and hedge funds (see also: The London Whale). Please contribute to our discussion this week by writing on whether the crisis could have been prevented or significantly mitigated by better bank supervision.