And the impact? Even by the Fed's sunniest calculations, aggressive QE over five years has generated only a few percentage points of U.S. growth. By contrast, experts outside the Fed, such as Mohammed El Erian at the Pimco investment firm, suggest that the Fed may have created and spent over $4 trillion for a total return of as little as 0.25% of GDP (i.e., a mere $40 billion bump in U.S. economic output). Both of those estimates indicate that QE isn't really working.Oh, so you mean, like, you can’t use monetary policy to fix what are really fiscal problems? I’ve thought that for a long time, and I’m not even a big shot Wall Street investment banker. And the notion that the big banks are the tail wagging the Fed dog is hardly a revelation to anyone who’s been paying attention.
Unless you're Wall Street. Having racked up hundreds of billions of dollars in opaque Fed subsidies, U.S. banks have seen their collective stock price triple since March 2009. The biggest ones have only become more of a cartel: 0.2% of them now control more than 70% of the U.S. bank assets.
As for the rest of America, good luck. Because QE was relentlessly pumping money into the financial markets during the past five years, it killed the urgency for Washington to confront a real crisis: that of a structurally unsound U.S. economy.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Now he’s sorry
Andrew Huszar, the co-ordinator of the Fed’s initial plunge into “Quantitative Easing”, apologizes.