Financial booms and busts is a recurring theme in history, from the tulip mania in the 17th century to the dot-com rage and beyond. The financial crisis of 2008 revealed a housing market bubble that took a decade to restore. In this mini-case, we look at the link between asset price booms and busts and the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.

An enduring challenge for the Fed is how to time and size changes in monetary policy. Historically, it has proven very difficult to predict precisely its effects.
While the stated goal of the Fed is in terms of inflation and employment, monetary loosening and tightening seems to have a much more pronounced effect on financial markets.

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