Posted by Larry Doyle on February 10th, 2011 7:35 AM |
For those critical of Ben Bernanke and his massive bubble inducing, asset inflating quantitative easing program, Ben and his Federal Reserve friends have something to say to you. What wisdom do these banking behemoths have to share? Are you sitting down? In so many words, Bernanke and company offered that ‘if you think we’re bad, you should really focus on the clowns who have run up the out of control federal deficit.’
Do two wrongs make a right? Does digging one hole get us out of another? Does a series of left hand turns ultimately bring us right back to where we began? Does anybody in Washington have the character to address our real structural problems? Does pointing fingers really get us anywhere? Why are we faced with these questions and problems? A lack of real leadership. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 22nd, 2010 7:55 AM |
The Federal Reserve may be America’s greatest enigma.
The Fed would clearly much prefer to remain opaque in the midst of our current economic turmoil. However, even the ‘all powerful’ Fed is unable to withstand the pressure from those seeking answers and clarity while navigating our economic landscape.
I have often tried to highlight the Fed’s shortcomings and inconsistencies. From the Fed’s overly optimistic economic projections to its unwillingness to openly admit the ongoing structural issues and changes within our economy, I believe the Fed has been playing politics for far too long and well beyond its goals and mandates. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 11th, 2010 10:51 AM |
That haze hanging over Washington DC is not the residue of last week’s elections, it is the less than sanguine outlook of investors on the policies and programs being put forth by President Barack Obama and our lead central banker, Fed chair Ben Bernanke. How hazy? Well, close to two thirds of those polled recently by Bloomberg are pessimistic about Barack’s policies and how they affect the investment climate in the United States. More than three quarters of those polled believe the Fed’s newly launched round of quantitative easing will have little or no benefit on unemployment. Ouch!!
In regard to the greenback, almost seven in ten polled believe the U.S. is deliberately trying to weaken the value of our dollar relative to other currencies. Who else believes this? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 5th, 2010 9:49 AM |
Life is ultimately a matter of perspective.
Two people can look at a situation and see decidedly different things. Having been traveling for the better part of this week, I got home late last night to check on how markets closed yesterday. When I saw that equity markets rallied 2 per cent, commodities rose a like amount, and bonds also increased in value, I was not surprised but I was not thinking that I had reason to be cheerful either. I merely raised my eyebrows and went to bed knowing full well that to many people in our nation, these market movements would have little to no impact on their daily lives and immediate futures.
Am I being excessively pessimistic in my assessment? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on October 21st, 2010 6:47 AM |
All hail the mighty and powerful Federal Reserve!!
Is that right?
Are we all supposed to bow down and prostrate ourselves at the throne of Ben Bernanke and assume he is ‘all knowing’? The fact is the Federal Reserve has assumed a mantle of being ‘all powerful’ but who in our country is willing to challenge the Federal Reserve? Are we supposed to merely turn over the economic fortunes of our nation and our children’s future to one individual and one institution without aggressively calling them on the carpet? What happened to the calls for increased Fed transparency? What happened to the pressure on the Fed to justify their actions? The silence is deafening.
Those with a degree of sense on cents understand and appreciate the following: (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on August 6th, 2010 9:46 AM |
This morning’s Unemployment Report further confirms that our economy remains burdened by our Sense on Cents description of ‘walking pneumonia.’ While this month’s report was decidedly weaker than expectations, once again we witness downward revisions to prior reports. Do you find it strange that more often than not much of the economic data released has displayed this tendency to have downward revisions to prior reports. Think the data is heavily massaged? You think?