Monetary Policy Page Content The primary objective of monetary policy in South Africa is to achieve and maintain price stability in the interest of sustainable and balanced economic development and growth. Price stability reduces uncertainty in the economy and, therefore, provides a favourable environment for growth and employment creation.
Particularly, governments sought to use anchoring in order to curtail rapid and high inflation during the s and s. By the s, countries began to explicitly set credible nominal anchors. In addition, many countries chose a mix of more than one target, as well as implicit targets.
As a result, global inflation rates have, on average, decreased gradually since the s and central banks have gained credibility and increasing independence. The Global Financial Crisis of has sparked controversy over the use and flexibility of inflation nominal anchoring.
Many economists argue that inflation targets are currently set too low by many monetary regimes. During the crisis, many inflation anchoring countries reached the lower bound of zero rates, resulting in inflation rates decreasing to almost zero or even deflation.
However, these anchors are only valid if a central bank commits to maintaining them. This, in turn, requires that the central bank abandons their monetary policy autonomy in the long run.
Should a central bank use one of these anchors to maintain a target inflation rate, they would have to forfeit using other policies. Using these anchors may prove more complicated for certain exchange rate regimes.
Freely floating or managed floating regimes, have more options to affect their inflation, because they enjoy more flexibility than a pegged currency or a country without a currency. The latter regimes would have to implement an exchange rate target to influence their inflation, as none of the other instruments are available to them.
Credibility[ edit ] The short-term effects of monetary policy can be influenced by the degree to which announcements of new policy are deemed credible.
But if the policy announcement is deemed credible, inflationary expectations will drop commensurately with the announced policy intent, and inflation is likely to come down more quickly and without so much of a cost in terms of unemployment.
Thus there can be an advantage to having the central bank be independent of the political authority, to shield it from the prospect of political pressure to reverse the direction of the policy.
But even with a seemingly independent central bank, a central bank whose hands are not tied to the anti-inflation policy might be deemed as not fully credible; in this case there is an advantage to be had by the central bank being in some way bound to follow through on its policy pronouncements, lending it credibility.
Contexts[ edit ] In international economics[ edit ] Optimal monetary policy in international economics is concerned with the question of how monetary policy should be conducted in interdependent open economies.
The classical view holds that international macroeconomic interdependence is only relevant if it affects domestic output gaps and inflation, and monetary policy prescriptions can abstract from openness without harm.
The policy trade-offs specific to this international perspective are threefold: Second, another specificity of international optimal monetary policy is the issue of strategic interactions and competitive devaluations, which is due to cross-border spillovers in quantities and prices.
Even though the gains of international policy coordination might be small, such gains may become very relevant if balanced against incentives for international noncooperation. Even though the real exchange rate absorbs shocks in current and expected fundamentals, its adjustment does not necessarily result in a desirable allocation and may even exacerbate the misallocation of consumption and employment at both the domestic and global level.
This is because, relative to the case of complete markets, both the Phillips curve and the loss function include a welfare-relevant measure of cross-country imbalances. Consequently, this results in domestic goals, e. In developing countries[ edit ] Developing countries may have problems establishing an effective operating monetary policy.
The primary difficulty is that few developing countries have deep markets in government debt. The matter is further complicated by the difficulties in forecasting money demand and fiscal pressure to levy the inflation tax by expanding the base rapidly.
In general, the central banks in many developing countries have poor records in managing monetary policy. This is often because the monetary authority in developing countries are mostly not independent of the government, so good monetary policy takes a backseat to the political desires of the government or are used to pursue other non-monetary goals.
For this and other reasons, developing countries that want to establish credible monetary policy may institute a currency board or adopt dollarization. This can avoid interference from the government and may lead to the adoption of monetary policy as carried out in the anchor nation.
Recent attempts at liberalizing and reform of financial markets particularly the recapitalization of banks and other financial institutions in Nigeria and elsewhere are gradually providing the latitude required to implement monetary policy frameworks by the relevant central banks.
Transparency[ edit ] Beginning with New Zealand incentral banks began adopting formal, public inflation targets with the goal of making the outcomes, if not the process, of monetary policy more transparent. The Bank of England exemplifies both these trends.
It became independent of government through the Bank of England Act and adopted an inflation target of 2. A central conjecture of Keynesian economics is that the central bank can stimulate aggregate demand in the short run, because a significant number of prices in the economy are fixed in the short run and firms will produce as many goods and services as are demanded in the long run, however, money is neutral, as in the neoclassical model.
However, some economists from the new classical school contend that central banks cannot affect business cycles. A rational agent has clear preferences, models uncertainty via expected values of variables or functions of variables, and always chooses to perform the action with the optimal expected outcome for itself among all feasible actions — they maximize their utility.
Monetary policy analysis and decisions hence traditionally rely on this New Classical approach. People have time limitations, cognitive biasescare about issues like fairness and equity and follow rules of thumb heuristics.
Monetary policy is the final outcome of a complex interaction between monetary institutions, central banker preferences and policy rules, and hence human decision-making plays an important role. These models fail to address important human anomalies and behavioral drivers that explain monetary policy decisions.
Loss aversion can be found in multiple contexts in monetary policy. The "hard fought" battle against the Great Inflation, for instance, might cause a bias against policies that risk greater inflation.Monetary policy and the exchange rate Most models of exchange-rate determination imply an unambiguous effect of monetary policy, defined in terms of money aggregates, on the exchange rate: a.
In addition, policy actions can influence expectations about how the economy will perform in the future, including expectations for prices and wages, and those expectations can themselves directly influence current inflation.
In , with short-term interest rates essentially at zero and thus unable to fall much further, the Federal Reserve undertook nontraditional monetary policy measures to provide additional .
exchange rates systematic monetary policy can influence the distribu- tion of real output by altering the information content of the ex- change rate.
Monetary policy: Actions of a central bank or other committees that determine the size and rate of growth of the money supply, which will affect interest rates.
Role of monetary policy in the economic development of a country are as follows: 1. Appropriate Adjustment between Demand for and Supply of Money, 2.
Price Stability, 3. Credit Control, 4. Creation and Expansion of Financial Institutions, 5. Suitable Interest Rate Structure, 6. Debt Management. 1. Monetary policy is the actions of a central bank, currency board or other regulatory committees that determine the size and rate of growth of the money supply, which will affect interest rates.