Fallout: The Financial Crisis

Fed, central banks offer unlimited funds

Ashley Milne-Tyte Oct 13, 2008
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Fallout: The Financial Crisis

Fed, central banks offer unlimited funds

Ashley Milne-Tyte Oct 13, 2008
HTML EMBED:
COPY

TEXT OF STORY

Bill Radke: International cooperation was the word over the weekend as world governments held emergency meetings in Washington and Paris. The U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, European Central Bank and the Swiss National Bank announced they’ll all provide unlimited dollar funds to ease the banking crisis. Ashley Milne-Tyte tells us more.


Ashley Milne-Tyte: Central banks have already poured money into their systems, but banks have been hoarding that cash.

Neil McKinnon is chief economist of the ECU Group in London. He says banks have been reluctant to lend and there haven’t been enough dollars to go around. That means bank lending rates have climbed.

Neil McKinnon: It’s meant that some very big corporates have had problems funding, and of course if corporates have problems funding then the real danger is that they just end up going bust. That means that people lose their jobs.

So he says by allowing unlimited access to dollars the Fed’s taking a big step toward getting cash into the hands of those who need it. He says this move could go a long way to ending the liquidity crisis.

In New York, I’m Ashley Milne-Tyte for Marketplace.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.