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Understanding Failed Central Bank Policies

By Patrick   2013 Mar 3, 10:06am   413 views   6 comments   watch (0)   quote

The wealth effect concept is simple: flooding the economy with credit and zero-interest money boosts the value of assets such as housing, stocks and bonds. Those owning the assets feel wealthier, and thus more inclined to borrow and spend more money. This new spending creates more demand which then leads employers to hire more employees.


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1   futuresmc     2013 Mar 4, 1:56pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Where this article misses the mark is in it's assumption that wages will rise with increases in production. They haven't for decades. The rewards from production increases are being siphoned off by that 10% who do own stock, and the top 10% of those do most of the damage. Until we find a means of enforcing parity of wage and production increases, there will be no wealth effect.

2   curious2   594/594 = 100% civil   2013 Mar 4, 2:04pm  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

The article makes a common error in stating that "the central bankers got it wrong...."

When smart people continue a policy that is obviously failing to achieve its stated objective, whether the drug war or ZIRP&QE, we must consider the logical explanation: the policy is succeeding by other terms. The drug war succeeds perfectly for the patronage networks of the politicians who continue it: the prison-industrial complex, PhRMA, etc. Likewise TARP, ZIRP&QE succeed perfectly for the TBTF (and now too big even to prosecute!) bankers who control the federal government including especially the Fed. They didn't get it wrong. They got it right, as can be corroborated by their ever larger bonuses and other payouts.

3   taxee     2013 Mar 5, 6:00am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Good analysis. Now factor in that since 'globalization' kicked in we have been 'benefiting' from low priced manufactured goods (quality and accountability issues anyone?) Thanks goes to foreign low wage slaves who have replaced us. The finance guys need to keep up the appearance of still doing something so that they can justify taking their humongous cut. The fact that they are grabbing everything in sight while their taxes are at historic lows might be a clue to the nature of the problem. Not sure how long they can keep up the charade but they're doing a fine job.

4   New Renter     2013 Mar 5, 7:21am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

donjumpsuit says

I think we need a new term for "Socialism".

Something like:

The Trickle up effect.

No, that would be capitalism.

5   taxee     2013 Mar 5, 8:36am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Old Russian joke: Capitalism is man against man. Socialism it's the other way around.

6   New Renter     2013 Mar 5, 11:40am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

taxee says

Old Russian joke: Capitalism is man against man. Socialism it's the other way around.

Was that before or after the revolution?

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