Joel Bowman

Big news out of the gate today is that the central banks of the world are about to do more. More what, you ask? More of what central banks do best, of course…more money printing!

They don’t call it that, obviously. They call it “swapping” or “easing” or “recapitalizing” or “saving us from the abyss.” Or they call it “bolstering financial markets,” as The New York Times breathlessly explains…

“The Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada and the Swiss National Bank all moved to bolster financial markets by increasing the availability of dollars outside the United States.”

And some forgotten voice, somewhere up in the peanut gallery groans, “We’re all Keynesians now.”

But never mind all that. The markets are up. The Dow stacked on 400 points before lunch. There’s no time to think, Fellow Reckoner. No time to wonder on the whys and whatfors. The money is coming! There’s celebrating to do! Hooray!

If only we’d worked this out years ago. Can you imagine? Whenever there was a crisis, we’d just add more liquidity to the system and hey, presto…problem solved!

Unless, that is, the problem has to do with solvency and not liquidity. Broke individuals usually don’t benefit much from extended lines of credit. Not in the long run. They are broke because they have a tendency to overindulge, to consume more than they produce. They need to kick their nasty habit…not reinvigorate it. They need to pay their debts, not put them off, accruing interest in the process.

To switch metaphors for a second, the last thing a man in a hole needs is a shovel. But here are the feds…ready to beat him over the head with it and fill his grave in over the top.

Joel Bowman
for The Daily Reckoning

Joel Bowman

Joel Bowman is a contributor to The Daily Reckoning. After completing his degree in media communications and journalism in his home country of Australia, Joel moved to Baltimore to join the Agora Financial team. His keen interest in travel and macroeconomics first took him to New York where he regularly reported from Wall Street, and he now writes from and lives all over the world.

Recent Articles

Why You Should Be Prepared for Both Inflation and Deflation

James Rickards

Today's investment climate is the most challenging one you have ever faced. This is because both inflation and deflation are possibilities in the near term. Most investors prepare for one or the other. But today Jim Rickards explains why preparing for both inflation and deflation is absolutely necessary. Read on...


The Real Black Friday: When Oil Prices Begin to Climb

Byron King

Byron King observes the real Black Friday. It actually happens tomorrow... the day OPEC meets in Vienna. With wisdom on their side it will be the day they turn the corner to profits in a big way. The outcome of their meeting could be great news for US based oil producers. Either way, the energy revolution in the US rolls on...


Tip of the Day
3 Travel Secrets that Will Make Any Trip More Pleasant

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell is going home for the holiday. With a storm ready to hit Baltimore, his flight might get cancelled. Inside today's Tip of the Day, he shares his best-kept travel secrets for beating the herd, getting compensated, and upping your chances of getting bumped up to First Class. Read on...


How Retail Investors Could Double Your Money In 14 Months

Greg Guenthner

Stocks keep rising - and people are finally starting to believe this bull market is for real. That means one thing: a lot of ill-informed, rookie investors (AKA retail investors) are starting to come back into the market. And that's creating a unique profit opportunity. Greg Guenthner explains...