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Central banks will pump billions of extra dollars into the banking system to ease the continuing credit drought.
The co-ordinated move by the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, is the latest effort to stimulate bank lending stymied by the credit crunch.
Extra billions will be auctioned to banks in Europe and the US once every two weeks for an indefinite period.
Originally posted by coughymachine
Where, for example, is all this money the Fed and the ECB are pumping into the markets coming from?
And why has the Fed "agreed to extend an existing currency swap arrangement with the ECB and Swiss National Bank, providing an additional $26bn to European banks to help them pay down dollar-denominated debt"?
What does this mean?
Is the Fed essentially part-paying its own debt, thus creating new debt? If so, who's paying for that?
And, since the Euro has strengthened so much against the USD over the past year or so, why do European banks need help paying USD-denominated debt?