Zero rates have created a dangerous risk seeking return mentality

You saw the posts by Sober Look on the excess risk investors are taking on in the high yield market and the consequences of low yields on US households. Let's make it a trilogy of posts then. There are plenty of other posts today that highlight this problem.  And it is a problem. One thing Austrians harp on is the misallocation of resources caused by heavy handed and persistent interest rate market intervention. They are right that the industrial organization and the structure of investment capital priorities is critical to longer-term growth. What we are seeing now is a skew into high risk activities. As I wrote 4 years ago:

1. Inflationary monetary policy leads to an expansion of credit throughout the economy, the basic building block for a boom-bust business cycle.
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