There is no question that yields have been eviscerated by Fed policy, but is it the result of Fed policy past or present? Is it the current presence of the Fed in the bond market that is keeping rates low, or was it the Fed’s accommodative monetary policy during the boom years and the subsequent urge by the private sector to relieve itself of overpriced assets in the bust that has kept yields from rising? In either case, we find fault with the Federal Reserve. It seems the Fed can now claim this: “Honey I Shrunk the Yield Curve!” Only in this scenario, policy wonks in control of the “shrink ray” seem hardly concerned about our new microscopic interest rates. If anything, the lower they go, the more the Fed may print, forcing a new class of indentured investor out to scavenge for more yield on the front lawn. We talk to Jim Grant, founder and editor of “Grant’s Interest Rate Observer” and author of “Mr. Speaker!”, about the recent announcements from the Federal Reserve.
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