The Downside of Easy Money

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Published : December 05th, 2012
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Leaving aside the question of whether correlation equals causation, there appears to be a strong link between the level of U.S. interest rates and the overall health of the U.S. economy.




As the chart shows, the Federal Reserve-orchestrated slide in interest rates over the past three decades has been accompanied by a falling savings rate, a narrowing of the gap between personal income and expenditures, and a substantial increase in total credit market debt.


While there may be more to it than that, including government policies that favor debt over equity and a deregulation trend that encouraged bad behavior by banks and other financial intermediaries, one could readily conclude that the Fed’s current aggressive monetary stance is doing little to return the economy to good health.


In fact, the central bank’s policies may well be making things a lot worse than they already are.



This  is a brief commentary from Panzner Insights, my members-only website, which I posted yesterday:

 

 

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Michael J. Panzner is a 25-year veteran of the global stock, bond, and currency markets and the author of Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophes, published by Kaplan Publishing.
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