According to a pre-election Bloomberg poll, 60 percent of likely voters who self-identified as Tea Party members said they want to see the Federal Reserve either reined in or abolished.
As far as most of the leaders converging in Seoul for the G-20 are concerned, however, Bernanke is playing an old-fashioned game of voodoo economics, and they see the Fed's sudden move as carefully timed to undercut arguments for other G-20...
In this interview Yves Smith covers QE2 and Wall Streets reaction to it.
We're losing the race, and we're now becoming the banana republic [of] finance, printing -- the Fed, these mad men who are out of control at the Fed are printing new money equal to 100% of the debt that we're issuing each month. This will not end wel
Last week we reported on a note from Steven Englander, who predicted that central bank reserve managers would begin dumping dollars in the coming weeks, based on a key set of criteria. Today he confirms that the criteria have been met:
"For the next eight months, the nation’s central bank will be monetizing the federal debt." It gets worse: even though Fisher realizes that what he is doing is unconstitutional, he also admits that the Fed's actions are now is effectively a policy...
The dollar's position as a reserve currency is now "absurd": namely that more and more in the world are starting to look at the CNY as the new reserve currency.
Are they really simpletons, or are they just taking orders from the Financial Elites who have the most to lose when the whole sagging sandcastle finally collapses into the waves?
But there is one distinct benefit of such a policy – it alters the composition of bank balance sheets. At the end of the day it’s really just an asset swap and a transfer of risk via bond duration or bond type. The kicker here, is that if...
A noted insider bashes destructive Fed policy
The Federal Reserve is preparing to put its credibility on the line as it rarely has before by taking dramatic new action this week to try jolting the economy out of its slumber. If the efforts succeed, they could finally help bring down the stubborn
The amount of money being talked about is scary, and all this apparatchik can do is deny she has any knowledge of the money or the authority to revue the Fed's books. May 12, 2009
The Fed is stealthily floating the idea that a surge in oil prices will be for the greater good. The Fed is telegraphing that while it acknowledges that oil is about to jump to over $100, it won't be as bad as those with a functioning brain dare to..
Wow.. this is HUGE news.RON PAUL is the ranking republican for the United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology. This is the Subcommittee that overseas the Federal Reserve. THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE. The
I fully believe we’re in the endgame for the US monetary system. It may take several years for it to play out, but we’re officially “Done.” We’re either going to default on our debts or experience hyperinflation, either of which will involve the Doll
In the year 2010, "QE 2" doesn't refer to a sumptuous ocean liner, but a second, more extravagant round of "quantitative easing" — stimulus. In the past, this technique was simply called "printing money."
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies...The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the Government, to whom it properly belongs." - Thomas Jefferson
A beggar-thy-neighbor monetary policy works for small countries getting out of a hole of their own making: It doesn’t work for the world’s largest single economy with the world’s reserve currency, in the middle of a Global Depression.
Since Bernanke's comments in August, the dollar index has dropped 7%, while commodities -- which are priced in dollars -- have surged. Crude oil has jumped 14%, while gold has spiked 8%. Prices for cotton, corn, sugar, wheat...
The New York Fed has issued a survey to Primary Dealers, which asks for suggestions on the size of QE2 as well as the time over which it would be completed.
On its face, viewing the government’s official numbers, the uninformed observer would assume that inflation really is under control, and that the immediate threat, as touted by mainstream economist is deflation.
All it takes is one piece of bad news – a credit rating downgrade, for example – to trigger a sell-off. And it is not just inflation that bond investors fear. Foreign holders of US debt – and they account for 47% of federal debt in public hands...
This cartoon is from a few years ago. I think it is not only relevant today, but will likely strike a stronger chord with more people since things are progressing in this direction.
Since its inception, the Federal Reserve has always operated in the shadows, without sufficient scrutiny or oversight, while Congress has kept its hands off and its eyes closed. The Fed has presided over the near-complete destruction of the dollar.
The report said a new reserve system "must not be based on a single currency or even multiple national currencies but instead, should permit the emission of international liquidity - such as SDRs - to create a more stable global financial system."
As for the Fed, I venture to say that a common jury of 12 American men and women placed on the Federal Open Market Committee would have done a better job of setting monetary policy over the last 20 years than Doctors Bernanke and Greenspan.
A devastating report in the New York Times documents how Timothy Geithner’s New York Fed worked tirelessly to make sure that AIG was forced to pay banks such as Goldman Sachs 100 percent on dubious contracts...
The intention of Central Bank of Russia would be to cause a 50 percent overnight devaluation of the U.S. dollar and displace the U.S. dollar as the leading global reserve currency. The expected market value of gold resulting from this...
Each time the day of reckoning is put off, the bigger the price down the road. Thus, we should all be fearing more Keynesian and Monetarist attempts to forestall the inevitable collapse.