Monetary policy and happiness

BankUnderground

So it follows that monetary policy decisions can affect happiness too. In a recent working paper we use a novel approach to assess how the unprecedented loosening in monetary policy in response to the 2008 global financial crisis affected the well-being of UK households.

Covid-19 briefing: monetary policy strategy post-Covid

BankUnderground

This post summarises the key literature on the immediate monetary policy response to the shock, including both tools and short to medium-term strategy issues (but leaving aside the longer-term question of fiscal-monetary interactions). Monetary Policy Covid-19 monetary policy

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PayPal Changes Seller Refund Fee Policy

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While the company had rolled back the policy in April, it has decided to reinstate collecting the initial 2.9 Earlier this year, PayPal updated its User Agreement to change our refund policy,” a PayPal spokesperson told The Verge. “In In line with industry practice, and according to our updated policy, we do not charge fees to process refunds, but when a seller refunds a transaction to a buyer, the fees originally paid will not be returned to the seller.

Amazon Go policy shift seen as response to legislative pushback

Mobile Payments Today

The move by Amazon to reverse policies for its cashierless Amazon Go stores is being seen as a response to growing economic and political pushback against the impact of Silicon Valley on major segments of U.S. and global societies

Know Differences Between Corona Kavach Policy And Corona Rakshak Policy

BankBazaar

Corona Kavach Policy or the COVID Standard Health Policy will be mandatorily offered by all general and Health Insurance companies. Life Insurance companies cannot offer this policy. On the other hand, one can approach any insurer to buy the Corona Rakshak Policy.

EU Digital Services Act Discussion Could Be Start Of Seismic Policy Change

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For Big Tech, there’s just a hint of a bit of a reprieve in Europe. News came this week that a (virtual) meeting between regulators and Big Tech – which would center on draft proposals that might impact their very operations on the Continent –has been postponed briefly from Nov. 24 to Dec 2.

Visa Has Not Changed Bitcoin Purchase Policies

Bank Innovation

EXCLUSIVE—Payment processor Visa has not changed any policies related to the purchasing of bitcoin, the company told Bank Innovation. The company still allows Visa cardholders to make cryptocurrency purchases with “credit, debit, and certain prepaid Visa products,” it said in a statement. This follows reports that Visa, alongside other credit card networks, changed how cryptocurrency […].

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CFPB Updates Policy For Civil Investigative Demands

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced changes to policies on Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs), which are investigational subpoenas issued by the CFPB. As a result of the policy changes, CIDs will now provide more information about the laws that might have been violated, as well as specify the activities subject to the CFPB’s authority. CFPB Civil Investigative Demands investigation law enforcement News policy violation What's Hot

TikTok?s Data Privacy Policies Draw Eyes Of EU Authorities

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TikTok , the popular Chinese short-form mobile video app, is facing more scrutiny over its privacy policies, Bloomberg reported. Last month, the data-protection commission in the Netherlands opened an investigation into TikTok’s policies to protect children’s data, noting the app is popular with Dutch youth, Bloomberg reported.

EU Shakes Up Digital Policy To Get Competitive In Tech

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The proposed plan to revamp the region’s digital market policy also includes measures to limit data control by Google, Facebook, Amazon and other Big Tech firms. Europe Big Tech data digital policy EU European Commission News What's HotThe European Commission is planning a single European market for data, in hopes that by pooling talent, the region can compete with Big Tech in Silicon Valley and China, Reuters reported on Tuesday (Feb.

Microsoft, Facebook Express Frustration With Apple’s Gaming App Policies

PYMNTS

Microsoft and Facebook are grumbling publicly about fellow tech giant Apple ‘s policies restricting access to coveted slots in its App Store, as well as the access given to iPhone and iPad users.

IBM Announces Policy Lab To Help Ensure ‘Trustworthy’ Tech

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With the new IBM Policy Lab, IBM is looking to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) development in a way that is safe, but does not infringe upon the creation of new technology, reports said. The think tank will gather leaders in several fields — from public policy, academia, civil society and technology. Leclerc is also chairman of the Software Alliance’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Policy Committee. The Policy Lab will be busy.

The EU’s policy on FinTech competition is …

Chris Skinner

Also released last week, the EU document has a different focus to the US one, which allowed national FinTech charter bank licenses to be … The post The EU’s policy on FinTech competition is … appeared first on Chris Skinner's blog. I cannot post a 222-page PDF from the US Government on FinTech and competition without also posting a 136-page PDF from the European Commission on FinTech and competition.

ECB Policy Maker Says Banks Must Find Libra Alternatives

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A European Central Bank (ECB) policy maker is urging banks in the area to find alternatives to Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency Libra, according to a report by Bloomberg. A member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Brainard spoke at the ECB colloquium in Frankfurt on “ Monetary policy: the challenges ahead.” Cryptocurrency cryptocurrency european central bank Libra monetary policy News What's Hot

Ticketmaster Under Fire Over Refund Policy

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As the COVID-19 pandemic forces cancellations and postponements of events amid lockdowns, Ticketmaster is being criticized over its refund policy. He said its new refund policy is making it harder for customers to get their money back. Deceptively changing the language of refund policies and excluding postponed or rescheduled events are forms of corporate robbery,” Skoufis told the newspaper in a statement.

Amazon Effect Hits Central Bank Monetary Policy

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For monetary policy and those interested in inflation dynamics, the implication is that retail prices are becoming less ‘insulated’ from these common nationwide shocks,” Cavallo wrote in the paper. The aforementioned impact of shorter-duration pricing at retailers has implications for monetary policies, according to Bloomberg, as automatic adjustments to what are known as external shocks means that interest rate adjustments by the central bank may lose potency.

Choosing from a varied toolkit: assessing China’s overall policy stance

BankUnderground

This post examines how policy in China supported the Chinese economy prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, drawing on a newly developed toolkit. This topic is particularly important for China, where economic developments have a significant impact on the rest of the global economy , but where assessing the full spectrum of policy – monetary, regulatory and fiscal – is difficult. Monetary policy and financial conditions. Chart 1: Broad stance of Chinese policy. Fiscal policy.

Without a ‘blue wave,’ Biden’s fintech policies remain unclear

BankInovation

President-elect Joe Biden is set to take over the White House in January, and the financial services industry is awaiting his key decisions around regulation policies and personnel appointments.

Australia Central Bank Sees No ‘Public Policy’ Case For CBDC (For Now)

PYMNTS

But: The bank is keeping an eye on the experiences and progress of other nations, and still is researching its own technological and “policy implications” of wholesale forms of CBDC.

Lloyds Of London Looks At Driverless Car Policies

PYMNTS

Chief Executive Officer John Neal said that the 330-year-old insurance market is in discussions with automakers about different policies as car ownership changes. While some experts have said that driverless cars may slash the need for auto policies, Neal believes that autonomous vehicles will simply result in demand for a different product — not the end of car insurance.

German Rep Resigns From ECB Board Amid Policy Disputes

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Sabine Lautenschläger, Germany’s representative on the European Central Bank’s executive board, has resigned over the institution’s changes to its monetary policy. Lautenschläger’s decision to step down is proof that there is a deep division within the institution’s top ranks over its recent decision to loosen monetary policy. International european central bank executive board Germany monetary policy News What's Hot

Apple Card’s New Privacy Policy Allows More Data Sharing With Goldman, Adds Transaction Details

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Apple has updated Apple Card’s privacy policy to allow more sharing of anonymous data with partner Goldman Sachs, according to a report. The change will separate Apple Card ’s privacy policy from that of Apple Pay; the two used to have identical policies. You may be eligible for certain Apple Card programs provided by Goldman Sachs based on the information provided as part of your application,” Apple’s new policy says.

New Facial Recognition Policy Signed Into Law In Washington State

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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill on Tuesday (March 31) establishing specific rules – backed by Microsoft – governing facial recognition software, according to a blog by Bill Smith, president of Microsoft. This legislation represents a significant breakthrough – the first time a state or nation has passed a new law devoted exclusively to putting guardrails in place for the use of facial recognition technology,” Smith said in the post.

The birds, the bees and the Bank? The birth-rate channel of monetary policy

BankUnderground

In total, we estimate that monetary policy increased the birth rate in the following three years by around 7.5%. Thus, when the Bank of England lowered its policy rate 4.5 Our paper uses these pre-determined differences in mortgage choices across local authorities and age groups as a “natural experiment” to examine how monetary policy affects families’ fertility decisions over the next three years. Policy implications. Fergus Cumming and Lisa Dettling.

MoviePass Changes Ticket Policy

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After making changes to its Android app and terms of service, MoviePass is adding another modification to its platform: Subscribers can now only watch a particular movie through its movie ticket subscription service one time, Android Central reported. “We We recently updated our Terms of Service to reflect that MoviePass subscribers are only permitted to see a select movie in theaters once with your MoviePass,” the company wrote on its website. “We

Nothing to suggest trickle-down monetary policy will suddenly work

American Banker

Crisis management Monetary policy Federal Reserve Dodd-Frank Economy CoronavirusThe Fed must set up a ‘family financial facility’ that sends billions to households and small businesses so banks don’t misdirect relief funds.

Could central bank digital currencies kill monetary policy?

Chris Skinner

The Bank makes clear it’s not the opinions of the institution … The post Could central bank digital currencies kill monetary policy? I didn’t realise until the other day that the Bank of England has a blog Bank Underground. Finally, a boring old British bank with a blog. Not a consumer bank of course – none of those blog – but a good old central bank.

Wells Fargo Softens Overdraft Policy

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The new per-transaction threshold complements the bank’s existing policy of not charging an overdraft fee if a customer’s available balance and ending account balance is overdrawn by $5 or less and no items are returned for non-sufficient funds at the end of processing for that business day. Aiming to boost its reputation after a fake account scandal last year, Wells Fargo announced Tuesday (Nov. 14) the launch of a new overdraft feature that will reduce the hit to customers.

US Fed and Government out of sync on policy

The Bankwatch

We are not looking for any monetary policy changes, but with extra unemployment benefits expiring and COVID-19 cases rising, the central bank will be forced to look past the improvements in the economy since June. [link]. investing.com news item Kathy Lien.

How does monetary policy affect firms?

BankUnderground

We focus on firm level employment and ask which firms do the most hiring and firing when monetary policy adjusts. Furthermore, do these patterns of responses tell us something about how monetary policy affects the economy? Luckily, existing work can help: we use changes in the price of interest rate futures traded in financial markets in extremely tight windows around monetary policy announcements to get at the surprise, random component of an interest rate decision.

Apple Makes New Privacy Policy Requirement For Apps

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To take on apps that don’t give users information on the use of their personal data, Apple is introducing a new requirement: At the beginning of October, apps will have to have a privacy policy – even those that are in testing, according to reports. 3, 2018, App Store Connect will require a privacy policy for all new apps and app updates in order to be submitted for distribution on the App Store or through TestFlight external testing,” a statement on Apple’s website reads. “In

Netherlands Is First EU Country To Release GDPR Fining Policy

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The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DDPA) in the Netherlands has released its own General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fining policy, according to reports , and is the first European Union (EU) country to do so. Arnoud Engelfriet, IT lawyer and partner at Dutch firm Legal ICT, said the Netherland’s policy is a step in the right direction. You wouldn’t set such a policy if you did not intend to issue fines,” he noted.

Hollywood Studios Aim To Collect On Insurance Policies

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Amid millions lost in box office receipts and production costs due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hollywood studios are now aiming to collect on their insurance policies. The insurance industry provides policies that protect studios from unforeseen circumstances.”. Kevelighan continued, “Most of these policies are triggered when there are fires or accidents which either injure performers or damage property on set.

Monetary policy and US housing expansions: what can we expect for the post-COVID-19 housing recovery?

BankUnderground

For instance, an expansion in monetary policy can stimulate housing demand via lower borrowing costs — households typically finance housing with mortgage debt. Apart from this credit channel, monetary policy can also influence housing demand through the collateral or refinancing channel, whereby easier monetary conditions and higher house prices lead to higher home equity. We use monetary policy shocks as a proxy for shifts in housing demand to investigate this question.