Several months ago we brought you a history of the Federal Reserve’s assets in charts — here we complete the story by presenting the evolution of its liabilities from 1915 to 2012.
As mentioned when we examined the assets side of the Fed’s balance sheet:
…the Fed has degenerated from a by and large passive institution (dealing only in high-quality self-liquidating commercial paper and gold) to an active pursuant of junk, an enabler of wars, a ‘benevolent’ combatant of the depressions of its own creation, a central planner of employment & prices and of course a forgiving friend to inconvenient market follies.
Here we present a consolidated view of real rates around the globe. As usual real interest rates in the perpetually-monetizing West are in deep negative territory (although be warned that they’re moving strongly higher at present). In contrast, real rates in Japan and the Czech. Republic are deteriorating rapidly.
The enigma that is eccentricity can be unraveled by grasping of this single statement; that which you perceive is both a matter of the object of your perception (in this case; the eccentric person) and your apparatus of perception. Eccentricity, then, is as much a quirk of the popular mind as it is of a particular person. So with the assumption that you seek creativeness and intrigue — here’s how to think eccentrically, find your edge and risk little for lots.
After almost a century of the centrally planned dollar we’re delighted to present a timeline of the most amusingly disturbing speeches delivered by the Federal Reserve & Co.
See below for the timeline. Source: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)
If you ever happen to acquire an inclination for being the subject of disrepute and ridicule I highly recommend endorsing the conceit alluded to in the title. Apparently this issue is ‘so obvious’ that even gold bugs and government officials can reach common ground via the contention that I’m deluded. My folly — if you will — is to maintain that dollar debasement can be bullish for the dollar vis-à-vis other currencies at present. Since this long-standing conviction of ours is once again being corroborated by price action in the currency markets I thought I’d attempt to convince you that I’m not completely crazy. Here I outline why dollar debasement is bullish for the dollar against other fiat currencies in this environment.