Is the Federal Reserve Right?

Federal Reserve

    At the recent FOMC meeting, Bernanke was not clear about timing and even course of the Federal Reserve in ending bond buying program.  Perhaps intentionally, his uncertainty created a lot of volatility in the market. Given this volatility, I think it would be very difficult for the Federal Reserve to signal any type of exit strategy without causing some form of market response. In a way, it makes Federal Reserve a hostage to the markets. … [Read more...]

Currency Survival In The European Debt Crisis

European markets

What has been perhaps the most significant factor in the European Debt Crisis for the currencies markets has not been the actual event itself, but the reaction of global central bankers. The rounds of quantitative easing that have been used to combat falling asset prices have engendered profound consequences not previously considered. Certainly among those roiling the markets has been the detachment of gold from its traditional link to fiat … [Read more...]