Can the Fed cause a market crash?
In 2017 Fed Chair Janet Yellen reassured us:
“Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis? …. That would be going too far but I do think we’re much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don’t believe it will be.
…. The capital positions of the major banks are very much stronger….”
Current Fed Chair, Jerome Powell continues to reassure us. Judy Woodruff asked whether the rosy current moment can last indefinitely.
“Indefinitely is a long time. Not every business cycle is going to last forever, but no reason to believe this cycle can’t go on for quite some time, effectively indefinitely.
We don’t see the kind of buildup in risks in the financial markets, let alone the banking system.”
“The Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco says:
“…. A “neutral” monetary policy…is the…rate that neither stimulates (speeds up, like pushing down the gas pedal on a car) nor restrains (slows down, like hitting the brakes) economic growth.”
“Interest rates are still accommodative, but we’re gradually moving to a place where they will be neutral,” he added.
“We may go past neutral, but we’re a long way from neutral at this point, probably.” (All emphasis mine)
The Fed bailed out the banks and saved them trillions in interest. Rates were held down for over a decade.
If rates stay low for too long, stimulating the economy, they run the risk of high inflation and financial instability.
What, me worry?
“Central Bank arrogance is one of the main reasons why we should still be scared. As a former official at the NY Fed, Peter Fisher, recently noted, the Fed has acknowledged no failures.
All the experiments have been successful,