Dear Fed: Are You Insane? by Charles Hugh Smith

Does the Fed have to be insane to produce what’s clearly an insane monetary policy? From Charles Hugh Smith at

So sorry, America, but your central bank is certifiably insane, and it’s not going to magically work out.

History definitively shows that speculative bubbles always pop–always. Every speculative bubble mania, regardless of its supposed uniqueness–“it’s different this time”–pops. No speculative bubble has ever “reached a permanently high plateau” and then remained on the plateau for years.

So what does the Federal Reserve do? It inflates the biggest speculative bubble in modern history and then implicitly promises it will never pop. Dear Fed, are you insane? You might as well make a public pronouncement that stocks have “reached a permanently high plateau” that will be followed by a permanent ascent to ever-higher plateaus, as that is the implicit message you’ve been sending punters and pundits.

To promise a speculative mania that never ends is insane, yet that is precisely what the Fed is doing. Nothing else matters except “the Fed has our back.”

The Fed is also effectively promising that debt, leverage and wealth/income inequality will also all ascend higher forever. Once again history moots this happy story, as soaring wealth / income / political power asymmetries that serve the interests of the few at the expense of the many inevitably generate revolution or regime collapse.

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