Excerpted from Elliott Wave International's market analysis
By Elliott Wave International
On December 23, the U.S. Federal Reserve celebrated its 100th birthday. When legislation creating its existence was signed on December 23, 1913 (in a sneaky move during a holiday week), Congress granted the Fed a monopoly on creating dollars backed by debt.
The ongoing QE program is an unprecedented use of that power. This chart of the Fed's stated capital of $55 billion compared to its total assets of $4 trillion shows the extent to which the Fed is the focal point of dollar creation and therefore credit creation.
As John Hussman at HussmanFunds.com points out, this ratio puts the Fed's leverage at a mind-boggling 73-to-1, making the average hedge fund manager (at 2.48-to-1, according to BofA Merrill Lynch's November survey) look like a conservatively invested widow by comparison. Continue reading "Happy 100th Birthday, Fed"