Thursday, September 22, 2016

The ZIRP/NIRP Gods 
& Their PhD Priesthood Have Failed
"Let's start with the Fed Funds Rate, which the Federal Reserve has pinned near zero for years. This Zero Rate Interest Policy (ZIRP) is the god the PhD economists in the Fed and other central banks worship as the supreme force in the Universe, along with its even more severe sibling god, NIRP (negative interest rate policy), which demands that banks and depositors must pay for the privilege of holding cash .. Precisely what have ZIRP and NIRP fixed in the global economy? The short answer is 'nothing.' Instead of fixing what's broken, ZIRP and NIRP have pushed a broken system further along the path of self-destruction. The priesthood's insane obsession with forcing people to spend their savings by punishing savers with ZIRP/NIRP has failed spectacularly for a simple reason: it completely misunderstands human psychology. Now that ZIRP and NIRP have destroyed the income that was once earned on savings, the only rational response is to save more, not less, despite the priesthood's policy of negative rates .. The priesthood is absolutely blind to another key aspect of human psychology.The policy of negative interest rates is so extreme and so destructive that it proves the priesthood and its Keynesian Cult have completely lost their way, yet their grip on power only increases. The Keynesian Cult Priesthood is not just clueless--it is forcing everyone to drink its toxic Kool-Aid. Like the crazed dictator in the Woody Allen comedy, the Keynesian Priesthood may well order us all to wear our underwear on the outside of our clothing, if they reckon that would boost 'aggregate demand.'"
- Charles Hugh Smith*
LINK HERE to the essay

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