“Dangerous Divergences” betweens Bonds and Stocks
By Gary Dorsch
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
It all seems so surreal. After being mesmerized by the Fed’s hallucinogenic “Quantitative Easing,” (QE) drug, and seduced by the Fed’s Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP), and rescued by the Fed’s clandestine intervention in the stock index futures market, for the past 4-½-years, it’s easy to forget that there was once a time when the Fed’s main policy tool was simply adjusting the federal funds rate. It’s even harder to recall that two decades ago, the Fed’s raison d’être was combating inflation, whereas today, the Fed’s main mission is rigging the stock market, and inflating the fortunes of the wealthiest 10% of Americans.
“The central bank’s purpose is to get ahead of the inflation curve,” declared Wayne Angell, one of the seven governors of the Federal Reserve on June 1st, 1993. Angell had a reputation as a Fed hawk, and he was pushing for a tighter monetary policy, even before an uptick in the inflation rate showed-up in the government’s statistics. “If we’re ahead of the curve, our credibility and the value of our money is maintained. Some of my economist friends tell me, ‘We don’t feel much inflation out there, but we feel better knowing that you’re worried about it.” Thus, there was a time when savers received a positive rate of return on their money.