quantitative easing


Definition of quantitative easing

: a set of government policies that may be implemented by a central bank to increase the money supply in the economy The Fed has already done plenty with its unique stimulus program of quantitative easing, or QE, the $85 billion-a-month purchase of bonds and mortgage-backed assets that started pumping cash into the system in 2008.— Rana Foroohar Speculation is increasing that in an effort to stimulate the sluggish economy, the central bank will soon announce additional quantitative easing, the strategy of buying long-term assets like Treasury bonds to lower long-term interest rates.— Christine Hauser Since 2000, the Bank of Japan has progressively increased the intensity of its quantitative easing programs in response to stagnant growth and failures in its banking system.— Blaine Luetkemeyer abbreviation QE

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Quantitative easing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantitative%20easing. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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