While the US the media lashes out at Trump every time he dares to tell the truth that the central bank is a biased, engaged, political member of the decision-making landscape, other "developed" countries are happily willing to demonstrate just how apolitical the central bank truly is. Take Greece, for example, where today the chief prosecutor ordered a raid of the home of the governor of the Greek central bank.
"Big bills are a curse... understand this: Cash is not forever... in fifty years there will be no cash... it’s one very important step towards enabling central banks to have much more effective tools in fighting a financial crisis and in particular to use negative interest rates in an effective way... people who are older need to think about having a larger share of stocks than the traditional wisdom..."
"Indeed, the Fed is waging an insensible and outrageous war on savers, workers and future taxpayers - even as it pleasures the 1% with fantastic financial windfalls from the Wall Street casino. Now that is a rigged system. And that is a beltway evil that merits the Donald’s unrelenting attack on behalf of the citizens of Flyover America who have been left behind in their tens of millions."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a major blow on September 4 when the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) surged ahead of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in elections in her home state. Merkel rejected any course correction on migration policy:"I am very unsatisfied with the outcome of the election. Obviously it has something to do with the refugee question. I think the decisions that were made were correct." She went on to blame German voters for failing to appreciate her government's "problem-solving abilities".
"The time for treating the EUR-peg as a taboo may soon be past us, and an open discussion become the dominant narrative, in pursuit of a long-term durable solution to economic stagnation, in an attempt to save the European Union, so to orderly drive the process as opposed to end up being overwhelmed by the trending course of events."
The largest ever humanitarian program in the history of the EU, is now underway in Turkey. The humanitarian effort comes in the form of a $393 million helicopter drop of debit cards and cash to refugees in Turkey as part of Angela Merkel's 'Migration Deal'.
It ain't working. Eight years after the outbreak of the financial crisis, central bank chiefs suggest they have saved the world, but have they? We argue central banks have become part of the problem, not the solution. At its core, their indoctrinated focus on inflation may well do more harm than good, with potentially perilous implications for investors.
“Buying equities will put additional pressure on corporate CEOs to cut expenses and to postpone investments, fostering even greater Main Street resentment toward the financial elite. Consumer confidence won’t rise as consumption and economic growth stagnate. Having so clearly sided with owners of capital, rather than the employees of capital, global central banks are likely to become an easy target for populist ire.”
With the ECB running dangerously low on bonds to monetize even as its QE program has failed to spur inflation, Mario Draghi may have no choice but to unveil drastic changes to the central bank's QE programm tomorrow. Here are the options available to the central banker, and some ideas of how markets may react.
In the latest Target2 monthly update, Bank of Italy's liabilities toward other eurozone nation soared by €35 billion in August, just shy of the biggest monthly increase on record, and reached an all time high of €327 billion, surpassing the previous records set in 2012, just prior to Draghi's infamous "whatever it takes" speech.
In addition to the political revolt of the rubes, the establishment regime is now imperiled by another existential threat. To wit, the world’s central bankers have finally painted themselves into the mother of all corners.