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February 1981

Selecting a Monetary Indicator: A Test of the New Monetary Aggregates

by R. W. Hafer

The Federal Reserve System changed its approach to implementing monetary policy on October 6, 1979. Prior to that date, it attempted to reduce fluctuations in short-run interest rates as a means of achieving, along with interest rate stability, a degree of control over movements in the monetary aggregates. On October 6, however, the Federal Reserve shifted its focus from movements in short-run interest rates to movements in reserves held by the banking system. Shortly thereafter, in early 1980, the Federal Reserve announced major redefinitions of the monetary aggregates.