Fed, Central Banks Will Find Exit From Massive Stimulus Impeded

Fed, Central Banks Will Find Exit From Massive Stimulus Impeded

(Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve and other central banks will eventually discover that breaking up isn’t easy after partnering with their governments and the financial markets to avert a pandemic-driven depression. Investors and lawmakers enamored with cheap money may well balk when monetary authorities try to throttle back their quantitative easing and other stimulus measures. “They are increasingly on what I call a no-exit paradigm,” Allianz SE chief economic adviser and Bloomberg Opinion columnist Mohamed El-Erian said on a panel discussion last week. The problem isn’t pressing -- – and in fact is probably one central bankers would be glad to have if it meant their economies were strong. Instead, faced with slowing global growth and resurgent infections, the focus of policy makers at last week’s all-virtual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings was on more support for the world economy, not less. Central banks are pulling out the stops to do all they can, boosting financial markets with massive asset purchases and pushing government borrowing costs to record lows. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has repeatedly pressed for more aid to support to the economy until it’s clearly out of the woods. “The recovery will be stronger and move faster if monetary policy and fiscal policy continue to work side by side,” he told business economists on Oct. 6. Read more: Powell Warns of Weak Recovery Without Enough Government Aid The trouble may start after a virus vaccine is approved and distributed and the U.S. and world economies begin to return to ...
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