Open and Operating Providing Liquidity to Avoid a Crisis
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 triggered a staggering increase in demand for U.S. dollars all over the world, a demand which threatened to disrupt the American payments system but was met swiftly and successfully by the Federal Reserve. Earlier in the nation’s history, the system didn’t respond so well to severe shocks. This Commentary describes financial crises that occurred during one period in which the country had no central bank.
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