QOTD: David Einhorn on the Fed's Easy Money Policy

I’ve been talking about the balance sheet recession and the “pushing on a string” meme forever.  But it’s still the root cause of our lethargic un-recovery.

Hedge fund billionaire David Einhorn weighs in with a Simpson’s reference-laden op-ed at the Huffington Post:

A Jelly Donut is a yummy mid-afternoon energy boost.
Two Jelly Donuts are an indulgent breakfast.
Three Jelly Donuts may induce a tummy ache.
Six Jelly Donuts — that’s an eating disorder.
Twelve Jelly Donuts is fraternity pledge hazing.
My point is that you can have too much of a good thing and overdoses are destructive. Chairman Bernanke is presently force-feeding us what seems like the 36th Jelly Donut of easy money and wondering why it isn’t giving us energy or making us feel better. Instead of a robust recovery, the economy continues to be sluggish. Last year, when asked why his measures weren’t working, he suggested it was “bad luck.”

I don’t think luck has anything to do with it. The blame lies in his misunderstanding of human nature. The textbooks presume that easier money will always result in a stronger economy, but that’s a bad assumption.

Continue on for some really smart and basic stuff, including David’s bullish outlook for equities.


The Fed’s Jelly Donut Policy (HuffPo)

Hat tip Linette Lopez



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