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Quantitative easing

An extreme form of monetary policy whereby the central bank creates money and uses this to engage in open market operations. The open market operations involve the purchase of bonds with cash which increases the stock of money held by financial institutions and enhances liquidity. The aim of quantitative easing is to stimulate the economy. It is employed when a conventional monetary expansion through a reduced interest rate cannot be used because the interest rate is close to, or equal to, zero.

Reference: Oxford Press Dictonary of Economics, 5th edt.