As the Federal Reserve Board gets ready for yet another round of quantitative easing (i.e. printing more money), one may well ask: Why? If previous quantitative easing hasn’t spurred domestic spending, why does the Fed believe that more of the same will suddenly produce results?
It’s not domestic spending that the Fed really hopes to stimulate by printing more money, but, rather, exports. While the Fed’s zero-interest rate policy has yet to lever much in the way of a domestic spending rebound, no one can doubt its ability to drop the value of its currency.
With the U.S. Treasury depleted and interest rates already at zero, that’s about all that’s left in the policy tool kit. Lurking behind the Fed’s official concerns for deflation lies its real agenda—the old standby, the “beggar thy neighbor” policy of trying to export your unemployment to your trading partners via a falling currency.
And no one can say it isn’t working. The greenback has already fallen to a 15-year low against the yen. It’s down over 20 per cent against the euro, while the junior dollars of Canada and Australia have rallied to within parity.
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