Don't you just love the Fed? Are you not glad they provide such a calming, soothing, effect on our finanical markets? Are you not glad they are there to provide balance to the unruly animal spirits that send prices careening wildy in one direction or the other?
The above questions are obviously meant to be highly sarcastic, filled with a strong measure of contempt and disgust towards these pestilential meddlers.
I submit that the Federal Reserve is the source of the all the wild volatility and the cause of these nearly incessant mad buying and selling binges that have left the general public suspect of the US stock market and opting against investing in it.
The Fed simply cannot keep its mitts off of the market as it announces one thing or another, resulting in panic buying and panic selling by traders/investors as they seek to protect themselves from adverse price movements based on the whims of a few unelected bureaucrats who supposedly have our best interests at heart.
In my opinion, what we are witnessing has nothing to do with FREE MARKET CAPITALISM and everything to do with taming markets that have the audacity to go in a different direction than that which is desired by our Central Planners.
I have been opposed to this idiocy known as QE ever since the word found its way into our modern vernacular for the one reason that it is nothing but a device employed by a privileged few to oppose the market forces that are necessary, nay, essential, to clearing excesses built up in an economy (which by the way were created by the same Central Bank interest rate policies in the first place).
The Fed blows the bubbles and then spends the rest of its time trying to deal with the fallout from its own stupidly shortsighted policies.
In so doing, it is constantly interfering in the process that the economy must go through in order to wring out excess or malinvestment and provide some stability and normalization.
"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat
Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput
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