It’s A Wonderful Theory

Scott Sumner:

It makes no difference who gets the extra money from the Fed, because the recipient is no wealthier than before (money is swapped for bonds) and hence they have no incentive to spend any more.  Rather the impact occurs in the AGGREGATE.  Total holdings of the base now exceed total base demand . . . → Read More: It’s A Wonderful Theory

Why Print Money?

Andrew Coyne:

They are probably right. It is telling that neither Obama nor his Republican opponent has offered much of a plan to spur the economy, at least in the short term. So far as anyone has any short-term impact on the economy, it is the Federal Reserve, and even it is limited in . . . → Read More: Why Print Money?

Here Comes QE3!

Satan’s retarded cousin (“Ben Bernanke,” as he’s known to many in the public) has apparently decided that the dollar just is not yet close enough to worthless:

The Federal Reserve’s announcement today that is launching a third round of quantitative easing validated widely held expectations that the central bank would provide more monetary stimulus . . . → Read More: Here Comes QE3!

The Curious Case Of Liquidity Traps And Missing Collateral – Part 2

In this second part of my take on liquidity traps and missing collateral in global financial markets I would like to respond to some of the talking points set out by FT Alphaville’s Cardiff Garcia (again in response to the much talked about piece by Credit Suisse). Even though blog posts tend to . . . → Read More: The Curious Case Of Liquidity Traps And Missing Collateral – Part 2

The Curious Case Of Liquidity Traps And Missing Collateral – Part 2

In this second part of my take on liquidity traps and missing collateral in global financial markets I would like to respond to some of the talking points set out by FT Alphaville’s Cardiff Garcia (again in response to the much talked about piece by Credit Suisse). Even though blog posts tend to . . . → Read More: The Curious Case Of Liquidity Traps And Missing Collateral – Part 2

Other Alpha Sources

I have been enjoying myself in the Austrian Alps last week and hence the lower output. Here is my look though, of a number of notable news stories and contributions.

Global Liquidity

Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB has penned a speech (and argument) on global (excess) liquidity. Izabella likes . . . → Read More: Other Alpha Sources for February 13, 2012

The Reality of Central Banks

Karl Denninger:

Make no mistake, the problem does not lie with The Fed per-se.  The Fed’s “low interest rates” are there to permit the profligacy of the government, yet the longer it goes on and the more the government abuses this deadly embrace the further into the coffin corner The Fed and Congress go.  . . . → Read More: The Reality of Central Banks

Inflation targeting has come to the US

Reportage by Robin Harding and Michael Mackenzie in the Financial Times:

The rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee predicted low interest rates until late 2014 and set a formal inflation objective of 2 per cent, reflecting chairman Ben Bernanke’s long-held goal of providing greater transparency. The FOMC downgraded its estimate of growth in the coming . . . → Read More: Inflation targeting has come to the US

Fighting back inflation is cheaper when there is credibility: A numerical example

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about India’s inflation crisis. For five years now, in every single month, the y-o-y CPI inflation has exceeded 5%. Under these conditions, economic agents have little confidence that RBI cares about inflation. They are now reporting double digit inflationary expectations. Under these conditions, inflation will . . . → Read More: Fighting back inflation is cheaper when there is credibility: A numerical example

Vietnam speculators cause "unstable psychology"

The Vietnam Government saga against its people’s preference for gold continues. Commodity Online reports that after the gold price “skyrocketed” the State Bank of Vietnam allowed private companies to import “5 tons of gold to help stabilise domestic markets and supplement local supply. … ‘Taking advantage of the situation, speculators in the domestic market . . . → Read More: Vietnam speculators cause “unstable psychology”