When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? -- John Maynard Keynes
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Quantitative Easing, Fed Pumping Up Wall Street, QE Trap
Andrew Huszar: Confessions of a Quantitative Easer - WSJ.com: " . . . In its almost 100-year history, the Fed had never bought one mortgage bond. Now my program was buying so many each day through active, unscripted trading that we constantly risked driving bond prices too high and crashing global confidence in key financial markets. We were working feverishly to preserve the impression that the Fed knew what it was doing. It wasn't long before my old doubts resurfaced. Despite the Fed's rhetoric, my program wasn't helping to make credit any more accessible for the average American. The banks were only issuing fewer and fewer loans. More insidiously, whatever credit they were extending wasn't getting much cheaper. QE may have been driving down the wholesale cost for banks to make loans, but Wall Street was pocketing most of the extra cash. . . ." (read more at the link above)
And now we are in a QE trap -- but few are talking about it -- yet.