Saturday, November 1, 2008

I. Derivatives and Monetary Policy: An Introduction

I deeply regret for the delay in posting my discussion on this issue at the promised time. I really put a lot of effort in gathering and analysing the existing information about this topic.  After a deep thought i have decided to post my arguments on this issue through a series of 5 blogs.  At the outset, here i will provide the framework for such a proposed series. I hope you will receive it with the right spirit.


It is generally perceived that the central banks deal with derivatives exclusively in the context of supervision and regulation. There are few central banks (small) that gained the first hand experience with derivatives when trying to manage their exchange reserves more professionally. Ofcourse, this is a commercial action which may be significant in individual cases, but is not of a core cencern of a central bank. Given the exploding size of derivatives markets today, it is crucial to understand the impact of derivatives on monetary policy in particular and on today's financial environment in general.

The possible issues araising from the interaction of derivatives and monetary policy may be classified into four categories:
  1. Impact of derivatives on the various aspects of the transmission mechanism for monetary policy.
  2. Influence of derivatives on the targeting of monetary policy.
  3. Usefullness of derivatives market in designing the monetary policy especially in providing policy makers with the valuable information about the market expectations.
  4. Derivatives as an operational tool for the monetary policy purposes.
The discussion over these issues will be presented through the following series of five blog posts.

Constructive comments and arguments will receive due recognition!!

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