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The Trouble with Printing Money

QE3 reflects a colossal failure to address our predicament
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 7:04 PM

For a while now, I have been expecting a coordinated, global central bank action that would seek to print more money out of thin air, or "QE" (quantitative easing), as it is now called.  Now we have two of the most important central banks, that of the U.S. and in Europe (ECB) having committed to open-ended, limitless QE.

In Part I of this report, we analyze the actions themselves, and then in Part II we discuss the implications to individuals and those with responsibilities to manage money. » Read more

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Off the Cuff: The Fed's Increasing Impotence

Analyzing this week's "non-announcement" from the Fed
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 8:04 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff with Mish & Chris podcast, Mish and Chris address:

  • Fed Fizzle
    • Even if/when the Fed decides to inject more liquidity, it's increasingly questionable whether that will have any real impact
  • Europe's Choice: Uncertainty or Panic
    • The day of reckoning is approaching, but Europe is showing us we still have time left to act
  • Crisis Fatigue
    • Don't deviate from your convictions. Just because something is taking longer than you expect doesn't mean it won't happen

The Fed disappointed the herd hoping for more QE (i.e., thin-air money printing) to be announced this week. Asset prices are drifting lower as a result, increasing the already-growing tension in world markets. Meanwhile the contagion in Europe seems to grow worse by the day. Even though it may feel tiring to stay ever-vigilant for a market dislocation, the risk is still worryingly high, so continue to remain on the defensive as best you're able. » Read more