In an earlier post we mentioned how Washington DC has thrown in with Wall Street. And why not? That’s where the money is, where it continues to flow, and through our current system of crony capitalism will continue to flow until people say “enough.”
All waves fall on themselves. Some peter out slowly and evenly over soft sand. Others crash down in violence and fury over fire coral reefs. But every wave ends and the wave in the stock market will end too.
Not bad. The economy must be just killing it! No? Well…Then why is the market ripping and roaring? You say they’re handing out free chips at the Fed window and the cards are stacked for the players? Oh excellent. That seems like a good way to run an economy. Pass me a martini.
The rally’s been good for our 401ks but what is under the rise in stock prices? A whole lot of printed money.
It wasn’t long ago that such an idea was beyond the pale. No longer.
Stocks keep going up no matter what. Every day practically we hit new highs. The Fed keeps dumping money into the financial system. The Bank of Japan is printing on a massive scale too. Housing prices and rents are up significantly in New York and in Washington DC, the 2 cities closest to the printing of new money.
“Very clever men have a capacity for very great mistakes which often elude simpler souls.”
Fight the Fed if you want. It’s rotten. It stinks. But it is reality.
Many of us have watched the climb of the stock market since March of 2009 with a general sense of of unease. We’ve watched our central bank, the Federal Reserve, do all that it could/can to move shares up. Every time the markets faltered the Fed came to the rescue and dumped piles of cash on Wall Street. Check out this chart of the correlation between the Fed’s printing efforts of the past few years and performance of the S&P.