Fed must act now to "boost economy" you mean prop the economy. right?

Discussion in 'Economics' started by S2007S, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. S2007S


    Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the fed must act now to boost the economy, boost the economy?? nope...how about prop it up, inflate it, make it look like its growing around 2% a year when in reality without this worthless money the economy would be growing at 0% a year............hahaha another fucking joke, the only way they know how to grow a worthless economy is for the fed to pump it up with worthless dollars....doesnt anyone have a damn clue how weak this economy is, is this how its going to be for the next 10, 20, 50 years, just keep having the fed pump it up with more money to make it look like its growing....enough is enough, where are the free fucking markets......

    Fed must act now to boost economy, Evans says
    ReutersReuters – 27 minutes ago

    By Ann Saphir

    MUNCIE, Indiana (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve must take immediate action to inject new life into a moribund U.S. recovery or risk letting the nation settle into a permanently lower growth path, a top Fed official said on Monday.

    "There is simply too much at stake for us to be excessively complacent while the economy is in such dire shape," Chicago Fed President Charles Evans told the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research. "It is imperative to undertake action now."

    Evans' renewed call for monetary policy easing came even as the U.S. unemployment rate tumbled to a two-and-a-half-year low, and a variety of economic data suggest that U.S. economic growth may rise sharply this quarter, topping a 3 percent annual rate.

    Known for his dovish views on inflation, Evans was the only Fed policy maker to dissent last month on the central bank's decision to leave monetary policy unchanged. Then, as today, he called for further easing to boost the recovery.

    Since then, the U.S. unemployment rate has fallen from 9 percent to 8.6 percent, and data from manufacturing to retail sales suggest the pace of U.S. economic growth pace could accelerate from the second quarter's 2-percent annual rate.

    Worries over a potential shock from the European debt crisis and likely fiscal tightening next year threaten that outlook, but Evans mentioned neither scenario in his speech.

    Instead, he kept his focus on domestic monetary policy.

    The U.S. central bank has "clearly" missed on its mandate to foster maximum employment and is in danger of undershooting its 2 percent inflation goal for the foreseeable future, Evans said.

    Without new monetary stimulus, Evans warned, the U.S. could become mired in a 1930s-like depression, impairing economic growth permanently as the skills of the unemployed atrophy and businesses defer new investment.

    To avoid such a scenario, Evans argued, the Fed should promise to keep interest rates near zero as long as unemployment remains "somewhat above its natural rate," so long as inflation does not threaten to rise above 3 percent.

    While 3-percent inflation may sound "shocking," he said, research shows that central banks should fight liquidity traps by allowing inflation to run above target over the medium term.

    Since high U.S. unemployment is probably due to the effect of a liquidity trap rather than a structural shift in the economy, Evans said, added monetary stimulus is justified.

    And if it turns out, he said, that the real problem was indeed structural and easier monetary policy sparks a rise in inflation, the Fed can simply tighten policy before it threatens to reach the hyperinflationary levels of the 1970s.

    "We would also know that we had made our best effort," he said.

    Unemployment fell to 8.6 percent in November, and most estimates of the natural rate of unemployment hover around 5 percent to 6 percent.

    The audience of several hundred entered the large convention center where Evans spoke under the watchful eyes of half a dozen armed members of the county sheriff's department, who were on site because of a threatened demonstration by Occupy Muncie.

    Evans had previously suggested setting the unemployment trigger for monetary policy tightening at 7 percent but did not mention any specific figure in his prepared remarks on Monday.

    The Fed's policy-setting panel meets next week to discuss what, if any, action to take to boost the economy. While many Fed officials appear to support some change in Fed communications, only a few have said they would support Evans' proposal.

    Next week will be the last time Evans votes on the panel until 2013.
  2. dtan1e


    don't think anyone trust the Fed anymore
  3. pupu


    and nobody can stop them either
  4. You people miss the main point of the article, he's saying the Fed should lift their core inflation target from 2% to 3%. Ye olde "inflate your way out" solution is now in play.

    There was an article last week stating 80% of bond managers expect QE3 in 2012 with MBS to be bought up. If that happens, buy BAC and expect loan lending to take off.
  5. Each soundbite out of Evans mouth sounds even more obscene than the bullshit we've been accustomed to with bubble ben. 5 years of ZIRP, trillions in backstops, swap lines, the toxic trash debt swaps, etc...but hey, that wasn't enough, we gotta keep doing what we're doing and hope and pray something might stick to the wall.