Monday, November 08, 2010

FT: QE2 is about pushing up asset prices

Economist Gavyn Davies, writing for The Financial Times, says this second round of quantitative easing is about pushing up asset prices:
Clearly, the fuss is mostly about asset prices. ... which may encourage the markets to believe that there is a “Bernanke put” underlying the equity market. Almost certainly, the Fed is happy to see rises in equity prices and declines in the dollar, despite warnings that this stance may induce bubbles to develop in the US and overseas.

It is interesting to review market behaviour since Mr Bernanke’s speech at Jackson Hole on 27 August, which indicated that QE2 might be around the corner. Bond yields have hardly moved since that speech, but inflation expectations within the TIPS market have risen by over 0.5 per cent. And commodity and equity prices have risen sharply, by 16 per cent and 11 per cent respectively. These developments are all consistent with a belief that the Fed is intent on reflating the US economy, and that it will succeed in doing so.

Probably the oldest piece of advice in asset management is “don’t fight the Fed”. It usually works. If the economy grows moderately in coming months, while the Fed steadily injects money into the financial system, risk assets could benefit further.


  1. Can't wait to start earning 10% on my savings account and 18% on my stock portfolio again....

    (but I think we're going to see long term price collapse rather than price inflation)

  2. QE2 should be good for gold and stock market. This will succeed for many I hope.

  3. QE2 --very risky.

    The Fed is creating another set of bubbles while trying to make the financial markets look better than they are.

    I hope this ends well, but they are playing with TNT.

    I do wish they could keep the hedge funds away from the food commodities. The middle and lower classes really suffer when food spikes, and this kind of speculation just isn't necessary.

    Hard commodity markets should be limited to producers and buyers who physically take delivery.

    Let them hedge stocks and currencies all they want, but keep commodity prices as close to supply and demand as possible.


  4. Economist Michael Hudson covers this topic in greater and more lucid detail at --