Project 'End-Up-Like-Japan' Continues
As we noted (here and here) earlier this week, the world increasingly looks like 'Japan' with little aggregate way out. The following chart perhaps confirms the repressive wave of ongoing intervention across the developed world. Extrapolating trends into the future implies that since the world's central banks will need to have a short-term rate of negative 2% by 2020, there is a lot of QE-equivalent easing still to come. As Simon Black noted, "The ironic triumph of the Keynesians means that, in trying to save the economy, our central banks may end up destroying it completely by means of the printing press; as a consequence, we now get to experience some of the full-on horror of the Japanese malaise."
(h/t John Lohman)