Voodoo economics of the Federal Reserve works — until it doesn’t.
Federal Reserve has now banned recessions — at a cost of 7 trillion. There will be no more recessions. So, in a sense, there is no longer any risk in investing in the stock market — it will always go higher, it will never really collapse. Kind of like the ultimate in chrony capitalism, no?
The stock market and the bond market are completely phony, but they are the only game in town, so everyone plays them, especially since there is so much cheap money around to play them with — cheap money as in free money from the Federal Reserve. It’s all insane, but what choice is there?
Will this chicanery of the Federal Reserve end badly? They are doing what they used to tell banana republics not to do — trying to dig yourself out of a financial hole by printing money. It worked 10 years ago, but will it work this time, on a much bigger scale? If the markets ever begin to doubt it, then all hell breaks loose. It’s a credibility game. Belief can crumble quickly — virtually overnight. One day you have total faith in them, the next none.
Keep an eye on the 10 year Treasury. If that goes down to zero interest or below, then a stock market collapse is imminent. I think it may happen when all the enthusiasm about going back to work backfires as investors realize that it ain’t going to be like it was before, and the economy going forward is going to be weak and subpar. That’s when the shit hits the fan.
Right now, speculators are basking in all the Federal Reserve money printing. The stock market is highly speculative and often not very realistic, but the bond market is always very tough minded and shrewd. The bond market will realize first that going back to work ain’t working out very well. That’s when everyone will pile into Treasuries and out of stocks, and we could see another October 29th.
If the 10 year Treasury goes to zero interest, you will have been warned.
So the issue now is really can the Federal Reserve just not allow recessions to happen by printing a blizzard of money? Notice the obvious severe dichotomy that is taking place. The US economy and to a large extent the world economy are almost totally shut down, but stock markets are going back to all-time highs.
If people don’t start to go back to work soon, despite the obvious risk, we are going to be looking at a depression with a capital “D”. Damned if you do; damned if you don’t. Sometimes in life there are no good choices but you still have to decide, like that famous photograph by Cartier-Bresson of a man jumping into a puddle.
How many of the wage slaves out there are going to realize that they kind of like not having to work?
Before this pandemic fiasco was upon us, the number of gainfully employed in the US population among adults was 60.8%. I suspect that after the fiasco, that number will shrink due to the above-mentioned reaction — some people will find being unemployed to their liking.