ALBERT EDWARDS: Bernanke’s Easy Money Train Is About To Crash, But The Fed’s Too Scared To Jump Off; UBS: They Are Going To Regret It
September 19th, 2013
ALBERT EDWARDS: Bernanke’s Easy Money Train Is About To Crash, But The Fed’s Too Scared To Jump Off
“I?’ve read quite a lot overnight about the Fed backing off on its tapering of QE,” wrote Edwards. “I think the excellent Gavyn Davies who writes in the FT nowadays had it spot on with his title “Never underestimate the Fed’s dovishness”. Personally I am incredulous. I can believe the arch dove Bernanke might have wanted to keep blowing his bubbles but I am amazed that he got the rest of the Fed, or at least the majority, on his side. I am also amazed because the Fed has spent weeks setting the markets up for a taper.”
“Their word is apparently not their bond if bonds don’t like their words!”
Citing the work of his former colleague Dylan Grice, Edwards speculates that Bernanke and the Fed are aware of the risks, but they’ve back themselves into a corner.
“They’re printing money because they’re scared of what might happen if they don’t,” added Edwards. “This very real political dilemma is what is missing from the simplistic understanding of inflation as ?always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.? It?’s like they?re on a train which they know to be heading for a crash, but it is accelerating so rapidly they?re scared to jump off.”