Malinvestment is a very important concept to understand. It simply means the allocation of capital in ways which appear to be (and may be) rational in a period of artificially cheap credit, but in ways which in the end prove to be inefficient once the market corrects for artificially low rates. (Created by a central bank.) Malinvestment is a symptom and a driver of economic bubbles.
It will still be the Obama Fed long after this president has gone.
Sure is nice to be too big to fail. I mean how great is it to work for a bank which pays out million dollar bonuses and is also backstopped by the American taxpayer? Talk about sweet!
Indeed. End the Fed.
Sounds so radical doesn’t it? Isn’t the Federal Reserve there to smooth out the economy, to stabilize the currency? To make sure the world doesn’t blow up?
What if I told you that it doesn’t smooth out the business cycle, but exacerbates it. That the dollar has lost 95% of its value since the establishment of the Federal Reserve. And that the world has “blown up” multiple times under the Fed regime? The world is worse for having the Fed in it.
The first real percolation in the housing industry in the USA, post first bubble, was in Washington DC and New York City. Why? Because that is where the Federal Reserve spigots are. Newly printed money flowed through the system to government contractors and bankers first. Manhattan and DC real estate barely saw the recession, the crony capitalists did quite well over the last 5 years.
The political and banking classes both demand easy money right now. (They always want it.) Print more and more money and the world will continue on as it has (limping that is) for the past 5 years. This is the “new normal.” Sure it’s corrupt, sure it’s counterfeiting, sure it encourages unsound economic and political decisions, but hey we need to do what we need to do.
Where do modern economic bubbles come from? They come from the world central banking system, chiefly the Fed, the prime mover of crony capitalism.
Recently I wrote a piece entitled Boycott Back Friday. Generally it was well received. Being fans of capitalism and the voluntary exchange of goods and services we made the point that it was entirely reasonable to opt out of the buying frenzy from a pro-market perspective. To value time (time is money) with one’s family and more than standing in line to buy things is the very essence of what a free market is all about.
3 key components to wealth which lasts generations are said to be gold, land, and art. The first 2 classes are somewhat obvious, but art is less so. Yet the rich over the centuries have always invested in paintings and sculpture.
Sure the Community Reinvestment Act (a totally crony law) had something to do with housing’s abrupt rise and fall in this country. And there were other factors besides Fed policy. But the primary reason why the global housing bubble, and before that the tech bubble, blew up and then collapsed is because of the easy money policies of one Alan Greenspan.