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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bankers' Bubbles Bursting

Pity the Poor Central Bankers: Playing Masters of the Universe Is No Longer Fun

It was fun playing Masters of the Universe when expectations were low.
Ah, the good old days, when a simple, completely empty promise to do whatever it takes could move the world. It was fun being a central banker back in the good old days--back then playing Master of the Universe was wondrously good fun.
Now--not so fun. Now that interest rates are drifting below zero, there's not much room for fun left in that sandbox.
As for mortgage rates: they're so low, some countries are effectively paying people to take out a mortgage, and the resulting bubbles and market distortions are no fun.