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The Fed’s balance sheet, while no longer doing anything for the economy, is seriously distorting important price signals and the incentive system, not to mention letting the government believe that it has a free lunch on fiscal policy now that the Fed is bailing it out by underwriting still-massive deficits, even in an economy that is growing, albeit moderately.
All one needs to do is see what is happening now in wide swaths of the credit markets and then dust off that Jeremy Stein piece on credit bubbles from last February. Meanwhile, the Fed has been successful at making it appear as if there is prosperity, but it is fake — illusory … in Potemkin fashion. And the chart of the balance sheet-adjusted NYSE attests to that.
Meanwhile, the P/E ratio for the Dow is pressing against three-year highs and stands a full two points above the near-term average. Margin debt has exploded 32 per cent in the past year to stand where it did near the peak of the last cycle. And sentiment at 64 per cent is also near where it was at the peaks of the last cycle.
This is only to suggest one thing — this is no time for complacency!
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