money supply


Definition of money supply

: the total amount of money available in an economy for spending as calculated by any of various methods (as by adding total currency to funds available in private checking accounts)

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Recent Examples on the Web Demand for cash has been elevated in Zimbabwe despite the over reliance on mobile money, most likely because money supply is low. Tawanda Karombo, Quartz Africa, "A day-long mobile money shutdown will test the effectiveness of Zimbabwe’s new bank notes," 13 Nov. 2019 One is winning back more direct control over money supply, to use as a monetary policy lever. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What China could gain from a digital yuan," 19 Sep. 2019 Try asking your member of Congress a question about the money supply. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "An Independent Fed Isn’t ‘Loco,’ It’s Effective," 23 Jan. 2019 Regardless of what flavor of economics one learned in college, this is not a situation in which loosening of the money supply ever was a prescription, at least not until the last few years. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: ‘Inflation is solved’? Don’t bank on it," 28 July 2019 The Trump administration is considering a range of measures including curtailing the flow of Venezuelan oil to the U.S., the official said, in what could be the harshest blow to the country's money supply. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "U.S. Considers Harshest Venezuela Sanctions Yet, on Oil," 14 Jan. 2019 Facebook wants to control the world’s money supply... Sabrina Eaton,, "Sen. Sherrod Brown rips Facebook’s plans for Libra cryptocurrency at Senate hearing," 16 July 2019 The measures stabilized the currency and presumably reduced the factions’ stranglehold over the money supply. Nabih Bulos,, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019 Sure, the drop in rates — the 10-year yield was 3.26 percent last October — reflects the market's expectation that the Fed will loosen the money supply. Larry Edelman,, "The Fed can only do so much to contain the damage from Trump’s trade war," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of money supply

1871, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Money supply.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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