Thursday, May 9, 2013

QE a Double-Edged Sword


Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher points to the risk of "overkill" in the Federal Open Market Committee's current policy of QE∞.  Trimming a $4 trillion balance sheet, when the time comes, may be nigh impossible.  Fisher likens the challenge to that facing the Hunt Brothers when they tried (unsuccessfully) to exit the silver market in 1980.  When you are the market, to whom can you sell?  Meanwhile, the U.S. economy pokes along, unresponsive to all that quantitative easing.  Fisher calls it "the best-looking horse in the glue factory."  Faint praise, indeed.

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