“If the economy was in good shape, not only would he have not been elected, he wouldn’t have been the Republican nominee.”
Peter explained why Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen is reluctant to raise interest rates because of the fallout from removing cheap borrowing from investors and consumers.
“What was inappropriate was slashing rates in the first place. It was inappropriate to leave them as low as they were as long as they were. [Yellen’s] afraid of the consequences when she tries to remove this unprecedented accommodation.”
The show’s host presented a common question to Peter about justifying his bearish stance on an economy that’s realizing stock market gains. It’s a common misunderstanding from mainstream media that CPI numbers, record-setting stocks, and inflation are indicators of a “healthy” economy. In reality, these are symptoms of a struggling economy that’s being kept on life support through money printing and quantitative easing.
“The economy is very weak. That’s one of the reasons that the stock market has been strong. It’s the weak economy that has been the primary reason the Fed has been able to keep rates so low for so long.”
Peter’s comment may be too obvious for many to comprehend. If the economy continues to make gains, why hasn’t the Fed raised rates more often and with larger hikes? The Fed’s slow movement on interest rates will be a hard habit to break when interest rates continue accelerating, as indicated by the latest CPI numbers.
The Fed’s misguided monetary policy has essentially created two US economies: a fake one and a real one.
While stock investors are still riding high on billions of dollars injected into the system through money printing and QE, average people are struggling to pay their students loans and car payments. The Fed has “propped up” the economy “at artificially high levels, but it undermines the real economy,” Peter states.
Financial markets gain from inflation and QE at the expense of lower and middle-class Americans. The artificial economy we’ve seen over the last 10 years has caused lasting effects, frustrating hard working Americans and motivating them to vote for a populist candidate promising to change a broken system.