Former Federal Reserve official, Andrew Huszar, has been making the rounds this week apologizing to America for his part in QE. See his article on WSJ.com here. Below is his opening statement.
"I can only say: I'm sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed's first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I've come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time."
I found the article both interesting and scary and it made me think...
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The Federal Reserve's efforts to rescue the economy have been historically aggressive, starting with the initial round of quantitative easing in 2008 and continuing through 2013.
The central bank's assets have skyrocketed due to the Fed's bond purchases, which you can see clearly in this eye-opening report that Robert Prechter presented to the Market Technicians Association and his Elliott Wave Theorist subscribers.
The challenges for Janet Yellen if she becomes the next Federal Reserve chair will require both the steely intellect and the personable style that many attribute to her.
Deciding when to slow the Fed's economic stimulus. Forging consensus from a fractious policy committee. Calculating the effects of any economic slowdown from Washington's budget fight. Facing volatile financial markets. Absorbing new members at the Fed.
First, though, Yellen will have to get there: She'll need to overcome Washington's toxic political environment and win confirmation from the Senate.
It's almost enough to make you wonder why she'd want the job, but a better question is....
Once again we present the Treasury 'TICs' data for China and Japan, most recently available through June. It can be argued that these two countries are the T bond market, when considering the volume in which they deal and their strategic status as heretofore T bond consumers.
While the MSM instigates reasons why we should give a damn about what people who have little control over the T bond market were thinking at the last meeting, why don’t we just tune it all out and manage the markets instead?
The top panel shows the 30 year yield marching toward the traditional limiter AKA the 100 month EMA. The pattern measures to 4.5% or so, so there could be a spike above and a hell of a lot of hysteria at some point. That’s the collective markets; 98% hype, hysterics and emotion and 2% rational management. Either the 30 year yield is going to do something it has not done in decades (break and hold above the EMA 100) or it is not. Simple. Continue reading "FOMC Minutes… Head for the Hills!!!"→