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Curing a Bubble with a Profusion of Bubbles

Well, you certainly don’t need my help anymore. With everything in the world going up but the greenback, you certainly don’t need the advice of financial advisors, brokers, pundits, or sadly, even this humble online columnist. I never thought I’d see the day when stocks, bonds, gold, silver, oil, natural gas, copper and collectable beany babies were all up in unison. Not only is the punchbowl ubiquitous, but the Kool-Aide is spiked with ecstasy, and it is so large, that there is a risk we might fall in and drown. Industry analysts are now putting out forecasts for their individual companies implying a 5% GDP growth rate next year, but macroeconomists at those very same houses see 2% as a stretch. All of this in the face of a catatonic consumer, $3.40/ gallon gasoline, and banks maintaining a death grip on lending to any but the primest of borrowers. I guess this is what happens when the Fed is determined to keep interest rates at zero, for as far as the eye can see, and the printing presses in Washington DC are running so fast that I can hear them here in San Francisco. With $4 trillion in cash sitting on the sidelines there is a risk that the faith based rally will continue. Is the Fed trying to cure a burst bubble with a profusion of  bubbles?