Bernanke: "Yes, We Have No Inflation"

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 5:23 PM
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In the recent article on the party in stocks, this was one of my concluding paragraphs:

The bottom line is that by the time the Fed becomes institutionally aware that inflation is raging across the globe - and I often wonder when they'll finally awake to the threat - it will be too late. Inflation will have the momentum, and it will take a vast overreaction on the part of the Fed to restrain it. They'll have to drain enormous amounts of liquidity and tolerate vastly higher interest rates to be able to do that, and I doubt they have the courage for such bold action. I think they will hesitate, equivocate, and ultimately be late.

Perhaps sensitive to the growing awareness of inflation across the world and the Fed's role in fostering it, Bernanke took the opportunity today, while at the National Press Club, to minimize any such concerns. This is really quite a disturbing mindset on display:


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