FED Cuts The Greatest Subsidy To The Rich by Just $10 Billion A Month, U.S. 10yr 2.922%! Clearly The Fed Is Trying Not To Upset The Markets And Wants The Bubble To Build

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By Paul Martin

December 18th, 2013

QE: The greatest subsidy to the rich ever?

Every Ferrari dealership in the country should have a framed picture of Ben Bernanke in their lobby. It should read: “Our #1 Salesman.”

The largesse of the Federal Reserve over the past five years has amounted to one of the largest ever subsidies to the American wealthy—fueling record fortunes, record numbers of new millionaires and billionaires, and an unprecedented shopping spree for everything from Ferraris to Francis Bacon paintings. The prices of the assets owned by the wealthy, and the things they buy, have gone parabolic, bearing little relationship to the weak, broader economy.

Yes, the Fed has helped the overall economy as well, especially through gains in home prices. But on this deciding day for the Fed’s quantitative easing program, it’s strikingly clear that most of the gains from the program have flowed to the top 1 percent.

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