“The Fed Has Mastered Market Manipulation” – Bill Gross Explains Why He is Not a “Broken Clock”

from Zero Hedge

One day after Stanley Fischer provided a bizarre justification for why “negative rates seem to work”, saying that “clearly there are different responses to negative rates. If you’re a saver, they’re very difficult to deal with and to accept, although typically they go along with quite decent equity prices”, this morning in his latest monthly investment oulook, Bill Gross takes not only Fischer but the entire Fed to town, and piggybacking on the words of Kevin Warsh, says that “I and others however, have for several years now, suggested that the primary problem lies with zero/negative interest rates; that not only do they fail to provide an “easing cushion” should recession come knocking at the door, but they destroy capitalism’s business models – those dependent on a yield curve spread or an interest rate that permits a legitimate return on saving, as opposed to an incentive for spending. They also keep zombie corporations alive and inhibit Schumpeter’s “creative destruction” which many argue is the hallmark of capitalism. Capitalism, almost commonsensically, cannot function well at the zero bound or with a minus sign as a yield.”

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