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{Undermining Capitalism With Unreal {Ideals} And Crass Distortion|Undermining Capitalism With Unreal Crass and {Ideals} Distortion}

Authored by Michael Lebowitz via,

“{In comparison to} What,”   {a vintage} jazz tune written in 1966, became famous in 1969 by Les McCann and Eddie Harris at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Over 200 artists made covers of the song. The song ( LINK ) {is really a} protest about Vietnam, crime, and economic and social inequality.

Fifty years later, {there is absolutely no} Vietnam war to protest, {but social and economic inequality is front-page news again.} {

After casually {hearing} the song,|casually {hearing} the song

After,} one line “ Unreal values, Crass distortion ” hit us {on the} head.  {The quote {could have} been {ideal for} several articles {we’ve} written {to spell it out} the economy and markets.|The quote {could have} been {ideal for} several articles {we’ve} written {to spell it out} the markets and economy.}

Alas, {those words accurately describe the Fed’s role in redefining “capitalism also,}” {the main topics} {this short article}. 

Don’t Blame Capitalism

It {is becoming} popular {at fault} capitalism for today’s economic inequality issues. {We disagree wholeheartedly.} {The fault {lies in|is based on} Washington DC for redefining capitalism heavily.}

Corporations own Capital Hill and the Oval Office. {Their {capability to} fund elections ultimately allows them {to choose} our leaders.|Their {capability to} fund elections allows them {to choose} our leaders ultimately.} Candidates unwilling to take corporate money have little {potential for} winning elections. {Once a politician {is purchased},|A politician {is purchased} once,} {the laws are written to benefit corporations mainly.} {

{The country} is stumbling into an odd {combination of} corporate socialism {because of this}.|

{The country} is stumbling into an odd {combination of} corporate socialism as {a complete} result.} {Companies flourish to the detriment of {individuals}.|Companies flourish to the detriment of the social people.}

{In the same way} corporations increasingly define the government’s fiscal role, {the Federal Reserve dictates investment and speculative behaviors via monetary policy increasingly.} {

{This short article} leaves political problems for {a later date} and {targets} the Fed’s machinations and their harmful effects.|for {a later date} and {targets} the Fed’s machinations and their harmful effects

{This short article} leaves political problems.}

Wicksell Recap

{The expense of} money lies {in the centre} of free markets, and free markets {certainly are a} core foundation of capitalism. {The expense of} money, or {degree of} {interest levels}, is a primary {element in} helping savers and borrowers determine {the very best} uses of money.  When {interest levels} appropriately reflect the economic growth rate, capital {will} gravitate toward its most productive uses . The more productive the economy, the more economic growth, and {the higher} wealth is distributed to {the complete} population.

{Once the} Fed interferes in the rates markets by setting {interest levels} and buying bonds, {interest levels} {usually do not} reflect the economy’s actual supply and demand {for the money}.

In  Wicksell’s Elegant Model , we wrote-  “Per Wicksell, optimal policy should aim at keeping the natural rate and {the marketplace} rate as closely aligned {as you possibly can} to prevent misallocation. {However when} short-term market rates are below the natural rate, {intelligent investors appropriately respond.}  They borrow heavily at {the reduced} rate {and purchase} existing assets with somewhat predictable returns and shorter time horizons.   Financial assets skyrocket in value while long-term, cash-flow driven investments with riskier prospects languish.

Simply, {money {will} flow to non-productive uses when rates are too low.|money {will} flow to non-productive uses when rates are low too.} 

Bernanke {Will abide by} Wicksell

{If you believe} Wicksell’s message is lost on the Fed, it’s not. They {elect to} ignore it.

{Think about the} following quote from Ben Bernanke.

“Paul Samuelson taught me in graduate school at MIT, {if {the true} interest rate were {likely to} be negative indefinitely,|if {the true} {interest} were indefinitely {likely to} be negative,} {{nearly every} investment is profitable.|any investment is profitable almost.} For example, at {a poor} ({as well as} zero) interest rate, {it could} pay to level the Rocky Mountains {to save lots of} even the small {level of|quantity of} fuel expended by trains and cars that currently must climb steep grades.”

Said differently, non-productive, {or poor investments even,} have increasing value as rates decline, {especially {because they} fall below zero.|{because they} fall below zero especially.}

{We’ve} shown on numerous occasions {the way the} real rate, or yield, on U.S. Treasuries has been negative for {the higher} {area of the} last decade. {During the last} {couple of months}, {the true} rate for {a broad} {range of} risky loans turned negative. { The incentive for corporations to level the Rocky Mountains {hasn’t} been higher.| The incentive for corporations to level the Rocky Mountains has been higher never.}

Fed Induced Distortion on Display

{During the last} year {. 5}, {the Fed has purchased four trillion Treasury nearly,} mortgage, and corporate bonds. The {decrease in} the stock of investible bonds {combined with the|together with the} Fed’s zero-rate {interest} policy has further warped {interest levels} for all {forms of} lending. As Wicksell postulates, {{less than} normal {interest levels} are yielding {an extremely} speculative environment.|{less than} normal {interest levels} are yielding a speculative environment highly.} {Productivity is languishing {because of this}.|Productivity is languishing as {a complete} result.}

The graph below highlights how Fed policy distorts corporate bond yields. Corporate junk bonds offer investors {a way to} earn an above-average yield, {albeit {by firmly taking} on inflation and default risk.|albeit {by firmly taking} on default and inflation risk.} As shown below, {yields on BB and B-rated junk bonds {are actually} below the inflation rate,|yields on BB and B-rated junk bonds are below the inflation rate now,} {and CCC-rated bonds {aren’t} far from it.|and CCC-rated bonds {aren’t} from it far.}

{Even though} we assume zero defaults, {that is} impossible for an index of junk-rated bonds, investors will still {lose cash} on an inflation-adjusted (real) basis.

{During the last} 25 years, {normally|typically}, junk bond investors were paid {reduced} over inflation of 4.7%, 6.5%, and 12.3% for holding B-, BB-, and C-rated bonds, respectively. Such yields offset inflation and, typically, {the chance} of default. {

It’s {not just a} leap to say {interest levels} {are actually} well below their natural rate.|

It’s {not just a} leap to say {interest levels} are well below their natural rate now.}


Society is paying a dear price for policies {that a lot of} citizens have little {knowledge of}. Forcing {the cost of} money to absurdly low {as well as} negative rates is slowly but constantly detracting from economic progress and ripping the social fabric of our nation. While {there are numerous|there are several|there are various|there are plenty of} {at fault}, the Fed and their warped ideas around {interest levels} and economic growth {ought to be} {one of the primary}.

{Only if} a famous musician today could stoke {the general public} into action with a catchy song {concerning the} Fed’s role in dismantling capitalism.



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