by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds
Destroying our ability to discover the real cost of assets, credit and risk has not just crippled the markets–it’s crippled the entire economy.
Is anyone else fed up with the Federal Reserve? To paraphrase Irving Fisher’s famous quote about the stock market just before it crashed in 1929, we’ve reached a permanently high plateau of Fed mismanagement, Fed worship and Fed failure.
[…] The only legitimate role for a central bank is to provide emergency liquidity in financial panics to creditworthy borrowers. Once the bad debt (credit extended to failed enterprises and uncreditworthy borrowers) is written off, the system resets as asset valuations adjust to reality–how ever unpleasant that might be for the credulous participants who believed the ever-present permanently high plateau shuck and jive.
Just to state the obvious: Fed policies are not just insane, they’re destructive: