In a recent FT Alphaville article Izabella Kaminska argues that it is ‘naïve’ to attempt to constrain banks’ ability to create money, because this will only prompt other financial sector firms (‘shadow banks’) to create other forms of money that could be used as a substitute for money created by the state. Naturally, we disagree. Kaminska’s article misses some key points of economic history, and also overlooks other reasons why it is unlikely that substitutes for money will compete with state-created money.
Since the crisis the government has been keen to encourage more competition between banks. Their main focus has been making it easier for people to switch their current account between different banks. But we think this misses a bigger opportunity: there is much more potential for competition from technology firms and mobile app developers, who could develop current/checking accounts and more user-friendly ways of handling your money and payments.
How the current process of money creation is causing a rise in poverty, instability and inequality (Video)
Ben Dyson, founder of Positive Money presenting at Meaning Conference 2014 on 18th November in Brighton. He got into the nitty gritty of how the current process for money creation is causing a rise in poverty, instability and inequality. And challenged the audience to imagine what a modern and sustainable system could look like.
Sir, Simon Ward (Letters, November 13) states that Adair Turner’s proposal to fund government spending with newly created money “would involve the creation of more Bank of England reserves, which represent a liability of the state and bear interest”. But there is no reason that the new liability would have to bear interest, since it could be issued as zero-coupon irredeemable bonds, reads the letter by Fran Boait in Financial Times, 16th Nov 2014.
Printing money to fund deficit is the fastest way to raise rates and there are no technical reasons for rejecting this, only the fear of breaking a taboo, writes Lord Adair Turner in Financial Times, 10th November 2014.