Seems to me the force keeping yields down on the short end can be called operation tweet, as the Fed is simply announcing its forecasts for lower rates, which are subject to immediate change, data dependent.

But with operation twist, the Fed actually buys the longer term securities vs just talking about them, as it also lightens up on the shorter term securities.

So after the current knee jerk reaction to tweet I’m looking at the ramifications of twist to dominate.

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  1. Warren, but if you look at the shape of the yield curve it is pretty much the same as when it was announced Sep 21 2011. What other ramifications are there?

      1. @WARREN MOSLER,

        Find it hard to argue with you but Operation Twist is a net add of excess reserves (on a dollar basis and Fed’s stated sales/purchases are in par, but dollar value of longer maturity securities is greater than shorter maturity sales) so wouldn’t the excess reserves depress the front-end?

      2. @macrosam,

        Yes, no doubt about it. No disagreement that the curve should flatten. Just think there are enough reasons technical and fundamental why yesterday’s move was to be expected to then continue into a bull flattening.

  2. How do you see the chances for QE3? It seems to be back on the table, even after China’s previous complaints.

      1. it can be the reason near term, as near term market participants can move things in most any direction.

        i don’t think the fed much cares about a few basis points in the euro interest rate

  3. Wow, the dollar is clearly going down. It’s as much of a bubble as real estate was in 2005-06. Has anyone looked at this? –
    The Fed can add to the money supply, but it can’t control where that money is going.
    While how much the banks lend to Joe Consumers does not depend on the money supply or reserves (as explained in 7DIF), the QE, Twist, and other new money will be used by speculators to obtain risk-free (or almost risk-free) profits, resulting in further bubbles and distortions. Such bubbles and distortions will have to pop as long as we have at least remnants of the free market (i.e., non-coerces production coupled with the totality of individual decisions of market participants).

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