The highlighted part is what I was getting at previously.
The idea that QE does nothing is now reasonably well distributed.
Those holding positions include a lot of managers who highly suspect QE does nothing.
But they believe others who do believe QE is ‘inflationary money printing’ will keep driving prices.
Same with austerity. The idea that it makes things worse is taking hold, but those who believe it is a good thing- that govt borrowing takes away money from the private sector and all that nonsense- still have the upper hand.
But ‘reality’ is working against those out of paradigm, as the dollar is firming and the rest showing signs of coming apart as well.
As for Europe, it all holds as long as the ECB keeps buying bonds in the secondary market in sufficient size to keep shorter term yields reasonable. And comes apart when they don’t.
The problem is politically it isn’t ‘fair’ to spend euro resources on targeted nations, which carries with it the notion that all the others are ultimately paying for it, though they don’t know exactly how that will play out. So you see the core addressing that with loud noises of restructuring, etc. which may or may not happen. But the real possibility is there.
My proposal of the ECB making per capita distributions to all the member nations of, say 10% of GDP in the first round, would not carry that notion of ‘unfairness’
And as long as member nation spending was appropriately constrained politically there would be no inflation or monetary ramifications, apart from better credit ratings and the ability to fund existing deficits at lower risk premiums.
But it’s still not even a consideration, best I can tell.
Fasten Your Seatbelt
November 11, 2010
By John R. Taylor, Jr.
Chief Investment Officer, FX Concepts
‘… Although the world believes that QE2 is there to push the dollar sharply lower, Bernanke argued that his goal was something else. On the day after the Fed’s move, he wrote in a Washington Post editorial piece that QE2 would push up the equity market, bonds, and other risky securities thereby stimulating consumption and economic activity. Even Greenspan did not publicly proclaim his “put,” but now Bernanke has made it the centerpiece of US strategy. Equities are already overpriced, with profit margins at all-time highs and PE ratios far above average. Speculation is now more American than apple pie – but this is a very risky time to practice it. As one highly respected analyst noted about Bernanke’s article, “these are undoubtedly among the most ignorant remarks ever made by a central banker.” As we and many others have noted that QE has shown little or no positive impact on actual economic activity, so the Fed has taken a big gamble, and if it fails as we expect it will have nowhere else to go. With the Republican victory tainted by the Tea Party “starve the beast” mentality, austerity has come to Washington. This next year will be a terrible one for the world’s biggest economy, so we would go against Bernanke on the equity side, but buy government bonds along with him…’