The CFPB is/was housed within the Federal Reserve. The funding for the CFPB comes/came from the Federal Reserve. That’s a problem as Congress is the entity which is to allocate money for such programs.
Federal Reserve “independence” is a convenient untruth for the Fed and for many in the Washington political class. The Fed is absolutely influenced by politics. This is evident even to the fairly casual observer.
(From The Dallas News)
Carnegie Mellon University’s Allan Meltzer, a distinguished monetary economist, had this to say about Fed policy during the crisis: “Under Mr. Bernanke, the Fed has sacrificed its independence and become the monetary arm of the Treasury.”…
…Bernanke’s Fed seemed to care just as much about the health of prestigious financial houses as the state of the economy.
Gold and the “poor man’s gold,” silver, are liberators and fundamentally challenge the current central bank system of debt and debt servitude.
The metals should be treated as what they are, a form of money. As such they should not be taxed.
Mr. Gross is not the first one to observe this and it is a tragic observation.
By Ron Paul
The Wells Fargo bank account scandal took center stage in the news last week and in all likelihood will continue to make headlines for many weeks to come. What Wells Fargo employees did in opening bank accounts without customers’ authorization was obviously wrong, but in true Washington fashion the scandal is being used to deflect attention away from larger, more enduring, and more important scandals.
We have said before that no Fed Chair was ever “free market.” This absolutely includes Mr. Greenspan. His legacy is one of a price fixer, an economic manipulator, a bubble blower, and ultimately one who in many ways ushered in the crony era we live in today.
But as we see in the attached piece from Sebastian Mallaby, Allan Greenspan, the one time “Maestro,” knew better all along. He knew that Fed policy could and typically did destabilize the real economy.
One of the reasons I so enjoy Ron Paul (and there are many reasons) is because he raised the Federal Reserve as an issue in the eyes of the public. The Fed would have been very pleased to stay just as it was, a collection of supposed economic wizards gathered around the monetary cauldron in the Eccles Building. Obscured from view. In the shadows, where the “secrets of the temple” were shared with a select few and in hushed and important tones.
Interest rates ain’t a’gonna go up significantly anytime soon. It blows up the budget. (Of course if they do, or have to, then things get REALY interesting.)
“I smell…Central bankers.”
How this obvious truth eludes so many economists is beyond me.
It’s simple. The central banks seek to goose the economy. They lower interest rates below the real market interest rate. As such people, institutions, everyone takes advantage of the relatively cheap credit. But as this cheap credit is taken advantage of malinvestment (that is investment that would not have happened if the market had set rates) begins to build up. It builds and builds and builds until there is so much malinvestment the economy topples on itself.
Here comes the Fed…Hooray.
The definition of “helicopter money” appears to be shifting a bit. Generally it means pouring currency (printed by a central bank) into the economic system by directly depositing it into accounts. What type of accounts appears to be an open question. Whatever the Fed chooses (assuming that it does) it is a bad idea however.
How about we let rates adjust to where they should be naturally? How about we let things clear. How about we get real now,
Again I hate the word “elites,” but for your review.
So, default, growth, or inflation. How’s this going to be resolved?
We reported earlier that a group of pro-Hillary activists were given a highly unusual audience with some of the Federal Reserve governors in Jackson Hole last month. The message officially to the Fed was “don’t raise rates and kill jobs.” But everyone there knew that the real message was “don’t raise rates and scuttle Hillary’s chances for the presidency.”
Yesterday Trump spoke to the issue of interest rates and economic manipulation by the Fed. He pointed out that the Fed has in many respects created a bizzaro economy where the entire world is reliant on near 0% rates of interest and increasingly,
The official unemployment rate is a baloney number. It doesn’t actually measure all of the unemployed. Those who are no longer eligible for unemployment benefits are simply treated as if they no longer exist for instance. This is millions of Americans. Very likely these unemployed “ghosts” are your neighbors. Or maybe even you.
The official unemployment rate is deceptive – as IBD says in the attached article.
” [Yellen] said, ‘future policymakers might choose to consider some additional tools that have been employed by other central banks,’ including buying a wider range of assets [ with newly created money.]”
Yellen says the Fed is not “ actively considering” any of the radical and destructive ideas she outlines in her speech, but if not why is she mentioning them? These ideas include: printing money to buy assets including stocks, targeting 4% or higher inflation, printing money until nominal GDP hits a certain target (Fed speak for until we get as much inflation as we want).
Also note that when ’08 hit, the Fed bought government supported mortgage securities even though that was illegal at the time.