Anindita P. answered • 06/26/20

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A required reserve ratio of 6 percent means that banks have to keep 6% of their deposits in reserve and can loan out the rest. If we denote the required reserve ratio as R, in this problem R = 6 percent = 0.06.

We know that the formula for the money multiplier **m = 1/R**.

Since in this problem R = 6% or 0.06, the money multiplier **m = 1/0.06 = 16.67**.

If our bank decides to loan out the $550 of excess reserves, the maximum amount of money that the banking system can create after infinite rounds of money creation is given by the formula **(m X Reserves) = 16.67 X $550 = $9,166.67. **