Additional Notable Federal Reserve Actions To Address Weakness

On Friday (March 20, 2020) I wrote a post (“Federal Reserve Actions To Address Financial And Economic Weakness“) detailing recently announced Federal Reserve actions intended to address various problematical conditions. These conditions include actual and expected substantial economic weakness, financial instability, and various rapidly falling asset prices. In that post I also highlighted my thoughts … Read more Additional Notable Federal Reserve Actions To Address Weakness

Federal Reserve Actions To Address Financial And Economic Weakness

Recently, the Federal Reserve has taken many substantial actions to address financial market weakness, as well as an actual and expected very large drop in economic activity. In addition to the actions taken by the Federal Reserve, there are various actions taken at the Federal, State, and local levels. These programs are largely still being … Read more Federal Reserve Actions To Address Financial And Economic Weakness

Measuring QE’s Impact

I have written extensively about Quantitative Easing (QE) and Interventions as I believe many aspects of these practices lack recognition and understanding.   My analyses indicate that QE (also referred to as “Large-Scale Asset Purchases” (LSAPs)) in general carries an array of risks, detrimental impacts, and unintended consequences.  It has complex impacts on the economy and markets. Over time, … Read more Measuring QE’s Impact

Potential Losses In The Federal Reserve’s Portfolio

I have written extensively on the issue of Quantitative Easing (QE) and Interventions as I believe many aspects of these practices lack recognition and understanding.   Quantitative Easing in general carries an array of risks, detrimental impacts, unintended consequences, and complex impacts on the economy and markets. One such set of dynamics embedded within QE that … Read more Potential Losses In The Federal Reserve’s Portfolio

Notable Statement Concerning Continued Monetary Stimulus

While I don’t necessarily agree with any or all parts of the following statement, released yesterday, from Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), I do think that it is notable, and as such should be recognized. Here is the statement, which is in response to continued monetary stimulus as announced in yesterday’s Federal Reserve FOMC Statement : … Read more Notable Statement Concerning Continued Monetary Stimulus

Dynamics And Risks Of The Federal Reserve’s Portfolio

In previous posts I have written extensively of the intervention measures taken by the Federal Reserve, including the many risks involved with Quantitative Easing measures.   One of the risks is the resulting size of the Federal Reserve’s portfolio and its inherent susceptibility to large (on a mark-to-market basis, as opposed to accounting basis) losses. … Read more Dynamics And Risks Of The Federal Reserve’s Portfolio

Federal Reserve Philosophies – Then And Now

On Monday, February 13, John C. Williams, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, gave a speech titled “The Federal Reserve’s Mandate and Best Practice Monetary Policy.” Although I don’t agree with many aspects of the speech, I found various aspects to be notable.  I would like to highlight one excerpt in particular, … Read more Federal Reserve Philosophies – Then And Now

QE3 – Various Thoughts

In the July 7 post (“Evaluating QE2“) I mentioned that “…I believe that QE3 or something very similar will be done in the future.” There are many reasons for this belief.  Among the reasons for additional QE include the recent market tumult, visibly weakening economy, and various confidence measures that have nosedived. My belief in … Read more QE3 – Various Thoughts