Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vicious Cycle

The Fed didn't ride in with the cavalry today. Looking from their perspective, why would they? The domestic data from the past few weeks did not indicate catastrophe. Popular support for further easing is tenuous at best. The main risk is from the debt situation in Europe. The evanescent hope that fueled the past few weeks' action dissipated just as quickly. The Dollar and Treasuries skyrocketed from the lows of the day. In Europe, there is a vicious cycle going on. The large private holders of sovereigns (i.e., banks and funds) insist on being made whole, thus pressuring the very sovereigns they don't want to default. The European governments insist on more and more austerity, negating what little chance they had to have secular growth lift them out of the mess.

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