Friday, November 15, 2013

It’s official: Quantitative Easing is a failure

In late 2008, and a little ways past the start of the Great Recession, the Federal Reserve decided to introduce a new form of money printing known as Quantitative Easing.  In this new scheme to increase liquidity and attempt to stimulate the economy, the Fed began buying toxic assets from banks , while at the same time, allowing financial institutions to borrow money at near zero interest.  This combination was expected to ease the consequences of the 2007-2008 credit crisis, and to allow for banks to begin capital investments to both corporations and small businesses.

However, in the four years that this program has been operational, and with the central bank trying four different QE models, the results of their efforts are in, and their effects on the economy have proven to be an utter failure.



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