Bernanke in the Hole

by: John M. Mason

"Regardless of the risks of deflation, the FOMC will do all that it can to ensure continuation of the economic recovery." Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governor of the Federal Reserve System at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, August 27, 2010.

Translation: Over the past three years or so, I have led the Federal Reserve in throwing everything it can against the wall to see what would stick. I will continue to do so in the future!

To quote my post of August 12:

"The Federal Reserve has two basic problems right now. First, those running the Fed don’t know what they are doing. Second, they are doing a terrible job explaining this to the world.

Never have I seen such confusion in such an important institution. Never have I seen such inadequate leadership.

We have experienced the end of the Fed’s exit strategy, the effort undertaken by the Fed to reduce the size of the Fed’s balance sheet. The exit strategy was designed to reduce the massive amounts of reserves pumped into the financial system by the Fed so that a period of hyper-inflation would not result. That exit strategy saw the Fed’s balance sheet grow by $331 billion over the twelve-month period the “exit” strategy was in place. Excess reserves held by the banking system rose by 38% during the same time period. (Details here.)"

I see nothing from the current speech to clarify the situation!