"The only way to call time on QE, if that is what we truly want, is to deconstruct and then reconstruct, regulate and stabilise the whole financial system, so that the extraordinary privilege of credit creation is always balanced by a responsibility not to take undue risks." Ann Pettifor
Turns out Peter Bofinger is not the only German economist who can see MMT across the sea. There is at least one other. Maybe more to follow? "Say it quietly, but Germany has learnt the lessons of Keynes," argues Thorvaldur Gylfason. Mind you, he is talking fiscal largesse, not ECB money. In the "we are … Continue reading De facto MMT disequilibrating DSGE ?
"Almost no chance of a recession this year", concludes Barron's roundtable, "markets will gain despite looming risks." "Recession has been "priced out in a rally for the record books" booms bloomberg and forbes feels that now "only the perennial bears believe" in a 2020 recession. Investors "go into the new decade with a spring in … Continue reading Crisis? What Crisis!
Expect nothing but a repeat variation of her 2012 Wolfgang Schäuble laudatio from consummate diplomat Christine Lagarde today. This is not the time to tell the Germans to get over their Schwarze Null fetish and spend money. Maybe there will be the odd softly spoken hint at clever new injection technology tunneling through southern debt mountains toward … Continue reading Lagarde Adagio Offuscato
The “hell-has-no-fury like a creditor financially-repressed” farce continues, apparently intent on outdoing the London Mousetrap with this stubborn repeat of the ancient tragedy of debtors versus creditors ? Or as bloomberg puts it "Anti-Draghi Revolt at ECB Still Won't Die." The FT tells us that the bank’s “…monetary policy committee … advised against resuming its bond purchases. … (and … Continue reading QE5: QE farce wants to be Mousetrap
Monetary policy - end of history? by Sabine Lautenschläger (with caw commenting) In 1992, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama announced the end of history. The cold war had just ended, and in Fukuyama’s view, this marked “the endpoint of mankind’s ideological evolution”. Liberal democracy had prevailed; the final form of government had been reached. There was … Continue reading QE1 : End of (His)story