Concerns Over Monetary Policy And Other Links
I have a lot of links today, so I will do two sets.
Topic of the Day: Monetary Policy
Here is the first set with an emphasis on monetary policy and debt. The ECRI Index came out at a –8.3% annualized. That’s getting very close to where you have to call double dip. Am I worried? Yes. What can policy makers do?
I think what is clear is that fiscal stimulus is out. Remember, running up more deficits is not in the Republicans’ interest as we head into the mid-term elections in the U.S. The deficit hawks are going to win this one. So, now the Fed is going to get a lot of pressure to fire up the helicopters. I don’t really think QE is going to work but the Fed is going to feel the pressure to do something, anything.
- Don’t Expect Miracles from Monetary Policy – CBS MoneyWatch.com
- Economist’s View: A Response to Arnold Kling
- Mark Thoma’s Response, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Also see my related posts from yesterday and today. The first has links to more articles on this.
- A reduction in both fiscal and monetary stimulus
- Comstock: Liquidity Trap Means QE Will Fail As Private Sector Deleverages
- Would The U.S. Economy Have Double Dipped If The Fed Raised Rates in 2003?
The Usual Fare
- Debt collectors sock it to consumers – CNN Money
- George Soros – The Crisis & the Euro | The New York Review of Books
- Lindsay Lohan Quotes Cato Institute As She Gets 90 Day Jail Sentence | Cato @ Liberty
- Marginal Revolution: How do higher-IQ people choose?
- Marginal Revolution: Who’s preposterous?
- FT.com – Martin Wolf – Why we must halt the land cycle
- The future of Europe: Staring into the abyss | The Economist
- Jobs outlook for small businesses may be getting bleaker – latimes.com
- FT.com – Michael Spence – America needs a growth strategy
- Emerging market bull? ¡Viva España! | beyondbrics | FT.com
- China’s June trade figures may give Congress new ammunition | beyondbrics | FT.com
- Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says LeBron James quit during playoffs – ESPN
- Henry Blodget’s Risky Bet on the Future of News – BusinessWeek
- Blacks’ Optimism About Their Standards of Living Tops Whites’ – Gallup
- Global Economy: Continuing Recovery But Clouds on the Horizon « iMFdirect – The IMF Blog
- Scott Sumner, The Unacknowledged Success of Neoliberalism | Library of Economics and Liberty
- CLSA’s Wood Increases China `Overweight’ on CSI 300 Decline, Trims India – Bloomberg
- Ungarn verbannt den Schweizer Franken – tagesanzeiger.ch
Also, take a look at a new blog from the IMF that I have discovered: iMFdirect – The IMF Blog.
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