Like modern-day Drs. Frankenstein, central bankers are trying to artificially create life in the financial system. They have embraced extraordinary monetary policies to create economic growth where none would exist. And someday soon, the monsters they are experimenting with may wake up and break out, Ron Rimkus, CFA, explains.
What explains the recent surge in the S&P 500 index? We asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers what they thought was responsible for the strong performance.
“Radical monetary policy begets more radical policy,” says James Grant. “It seems to me at some point markets or voters will put a stop to this.”
During the global financial crisis, excessive debt was the principal disease. It also turned out to be the principal cure. Whether it was called quantitative easing (QE) or something else, it all meant the same thing: increased debt — both in absolute terms and relative to GDP.
By the time you read this, we should know if the European finance ministers reached a deal Thursday to address the Greece situation. Either way, most believe that the "Greek tragedy" is unlikely to have a happy ending. And this situation bears watching because the end game will have significant implications for Greece, Europe, and the rest of the world.
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