Maybe We Should Abolish the Fed…

Just kidding!  But they really did miss the Great Recession.

From “Most Fed Officials Saw Economy Weathering Subprime Crisis,” Craig Torres, Bloomberg:

“Federal Reserve officials in August 2007 saw the beginnings of the crisis in subprime mortgages and concluded that the U. S. economy would be able to withstand it, even as some Fed members warned that it could trigger a downturn, transcripts from their 2007 meetings show.

“‘Well-capitalized banks and opportunistic investors will come in and fill the gap, restoring credit flows to non-financial businesses and to the vast majority of households that can service their debts,’ Donald Kohn, then vice chairman of the board, said in Aug. 2007….

The transcripts show the committee’s slow grasp of the enormity of contagion that was to spread throughout global markets as a result of billions of dollars in low-quality housing assets that had been securitized into bonds and sold to banks and investors worldwide.  Several FOMC participants such as then-San Francisco Fed President Janet Yellen sounded alarms in the first half of 2007.  Still, the FOMC…showed reluctance to alter policy until August.

“‘The odds are that the market will stabilize,’ [Ben] Bernanke told the committee in Aug. 2007….

“[O]n June 27028, Yellen said the biggest risk to economic growth was housing, which she called the ‘600-pound gorilla in the room.'”  Emphasis added.

It turns out that housing was more like an entire wildlife preserve filled with gorillas…

 

2 comments on “Maybe We Should Abolish the Fed…

  1. danielfee says:

    All kidding aside, we should eliminate the FED. There is no reason that a sovereign government should turn over its authority to create its money supply to a private entity and then have to borrow it back and pay interest. That is not how Ben Franklin envisioned the country’s monetary system should work. He explained to the bankers in London how the colonies were able to run an efficient economy by increasing the money supply, directly by the governmental authority creating the money, when there was a demand for a product or service and there was an available labor force to supply that demand when the only thing lacking was the money needed to make the transaction occur. When in balance it creates a healthy growing economy. Only if new money is introduced in excess, then it will lead to inflation and economic problems.
    Of course the Bank of England didn’t like this because it cut them, the middleman, out. So they got the King to prohibit the colonies from creating their own source of money. Guess what happened next? The money supply shrank as it got shipped off to England, because now only English coins were legal tender, and it created a depression in the colonies.
    If this subject interests you I can recommend 2 books, one would be considered from the left the other from the right, on the topic of money and the FED.

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