News

September 2018 Release of our petition to have the Reserve Bank issue our money along with an opinion piece.

June Press release on the swiss referendum. Despite the campaign of confusion and fear run by opponents, 25% voted for the Sovereign Money Initiative.

April The AustralianRoyal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry is coming up with some serious wrongdoing by the banks and financial institutions

May 2017 Positive Money New Zealand issued a press release seeking clarity from the Reserve Bank on how our money is created. They still refer to intermediation by the banks, which is not how our banking system works.

5th November 2016 An article in The Guardian newspaper in England argued that abolishing debt-based currency holds the secret to getting our system off its addiction to growth.

5th September 2016 KPMG released a report, commissioned by the Prime Minister of Iceland, titled "Money Issuance" The report looked at money created by the Government.

28 March 2016 Bryan Gould agreed to be our Patron. Bryan is a respected commentator on economic matters, an author, academic and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

14 October 2015 The Finance Commission of the Dutch parliament discussed monetary reform.

22 November. The British parliament debated money creation last week, for the first time in 170 years. There was cross-party support for a proposal to set up a monetary commission

23 September. A new generation of young people, dubbed ''property orphans'' may be destined to be renters for life.

17 September. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the bank used by central banks, confirmed New Zealand houses are among the most "unaffordable" in the world compared to people's incomes.

25th April 2014 "Strip private banks of their power to create money": says the Financial Times' chief economics commentator Martin Wolf, who endorses Positive Money's proposals for reform

15th March 2014 - In a historic move The Bank of England quarterly bulletin explains how money is created. Whenever a bank makes a loan, it creates a deposit in the borrower's bank account, thereby creating new money. The bank says that this differs from the story found in some economics textbooks.

16th August 2013. The retiring head of the Financial Markets Authority apologised for the mistakes made saying "You were let down".

 

“The banks do create money. They have been doing it for a long time, but they didn’t realise it, and they did not admit it. Very few did. You will find it in all sorts of documents, financial textbooks, etc. But in the intervening years, and we must be perfectly frank about these things, there has been a development of thought, until today I doubt very much whether you would get many prominent bankers to attempt to deny that banks create it.”

H W White, Chairman of the Associated Banks of New Zealand, to the New Zealand Monetary Commission, 1955.

Manipulating interest rates

To encourage people to borrow more, the Reserve Bank reduces the base rate of interest or Official Cash Rate (OCR) . They then lend money to the banks at this rate of interest, and this interest rate generally feeds through into loans and  mortgages.

This method of ‘steering’ the economy using interest rates is another great cause of instability. It is a little like driving a car by stepping on the brake and the accelerator at the same time.

When the economy is ‘overheating’, the banks have their foot on the accelerator (creating more money as debt) while the Reserve Bank has its foot on the brake (raising interest rates to slow down the borrowing).

When the economy sinks into a recession, they swap pedals - the banks slam on the brakes (reducing lending) and the Reserve Bank steps on the accelerator by cutting interest rates to their lowest level. This encourages people to get into debt in order to stimulate the economy. 

This type of management of the economy will never lead to economic stability.

There is another huge social cost to managing the economy in this way. When interest rates are cut pensioners who were living off interest income from their savings are plunged into poverty.

 

 

 

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