Why Hate Bernanke? Lemme Tell You Why

Today, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, liberal Keynesian and chief free money proponent asks why some investors hate the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.

I Am Become Ben, Destroyer of Worlds

Joe Wiesenthal reports on Bernanke rage among hedge funders, and sure enough, here’s Paul Singer declaring not just that he dislikes Bernanke’s policies but that BB is destroying the very fabric of society.

I still don’t have this rage entirely figured out. In substantive terms, it’s really hard to justify. After all, the Fed is normally expected to cut rates when unemployment is high and inflation low; with unemployment high and inflation running below the Fed’s target, easy money is just what the textbook says you should be doing (and quantitative easing is just an attempt to get some traction with normal policy rates up against the zero lower bound). It’s the economic situation — an economy so depressed by private sector deleveraging that conventional monetary policy has reached its limit — that’s radical here, not the Fed’s response.

What about the self-interest of the hedgies? A guess may be that given they way they’re normally rewarded, with fees based on total profits (not profits relative to a market-average baseline — e.g., 2 and 20), they find themselves hurting financially from a low-yield world. Also, for whatever reason old hedge fund guys tend to be goldbugs and hyperinflation hypochondriacs — hyperchondriacs? — who are simultaneously sure that BB’s policies will produce Weimar redux and furious that so far they have done nothing of the kind.

 

He wonders why everyone hates zero percent interest rates because they are good for everyone and that inflation is better than the alternative. Ask those who live off the interest how they’re doing. But its not interest rates that has everyone all pissed off. It is something else entirely.

BERNANKE HAS DISRUPTED THE PRIMAL FORCES OF CAPITAL’S NATURE!

Buy creating capital (no pun intended) through the simple act of digital printing, and buying “assets” day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year, he has seismically shifted the rules of investing, capital formation and the ebb and flow of markets.

He has single handedly so warped investor psychology that there is a bone-fide expectation (self-fulfilling) that markets only go in one direction.

It removes the opportunity that comes with the mispricing of assets in a moribund economic environment. Instead, most assets are simply “too expensive” based on any traditional metrics or historical norms and those prices are “justified” based on the flow of cash from the FED. And please don’t give me a boilerplate answer about how the market has a 15 multiple. That is mostly based on Apple’s huge earnings and the too big to fail banks and their fictitious “earnings”.

So, why is Ben hated? There you go. Plus, this is the same reason that this is “the most hated rally in history”.

Here is the speech that Mr. Bernanke should receive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxiT30N6ti4

 

7 Responses to “Why Hate Bernanke? Lemme Tell You Why”

  1. Why not just hold your nose and buy every dip?

  2. Rumors that FED may have to once again increase before decreasing monthly asset purchases equates to a junky getting high one last time prior to walking into a rehab facility. There’s no good exit strategy.

  3. surplusdroids

    Great post Scott.
    Indeed. When the music stops I will have my popcorn ready.

    And perhaps some LEAPS.

  4. You gotta know which way the tide is running and swim that direction. Banks are the big winners borrowing at 0.25% and lending at 3% or whatever. The bankers are being rewarded beyond all others while being cursed by the liberal elite.

    Buy gold when Bernanke starts buying gold. (yeah, that will be the day!)

  5. the amount of people living off bank interest as not, is minimal. lower interest rates are better for the whole of the country. stop whining. only the super rich try to live off super safe lower interest investments.

  6. not only that, you didnt even give an actual answer to how he is “warping the economic system” all you are doing is saying that he is. what circular reasoning, and probably the reason that you are a lonely money manager and not a fed chairman.

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Why Hate Bernanke? Lemme Tell You Why

Today, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, liberal Keynesian and chief free money proponent asks why some investors hate the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.

I Am Become Ben, Destroyer of Worlds

Joe Wiesenthal reports on Bernanke rage among hedge funders, and sure enough, here’s Paul Singer declaring not just that he dislikes Bernanke’s policies but that BB is destroying the very fabric of society.

I still don’t have this rage entirely figured out. In substantive terms, it’s really hard to justify. After all, the Fed is normally expected to cut rates when unemployment is high and inflation low; with unemployment high and inflation running below the Fed’s target, easy money is just what the textbook says you should be doing (and quantitative easing is just an attempt to get some traction with normal policy rates up against the zero lower bound). It’s the economic situation — an economy so depressed by private sector deleveraging that conventional monetary policy has reached its limit — that’s radical here, not the Fed’s response.

What about the self-interest of the hedgies? A guess may be that given they way they’re normally rewarded, with fees based on total profits (not profits relative to a market-average baseline — e.g., 2 and 20), they find themselves hurting financially from a low-yield world. Also, for whatever reason old hedge fund guys tend to be goldbugs and hyperinflation hypochondriacs — hyperchondriacs? — who are simultaneously sure that BB’s policies will produce Weimar redux and furious that so far they have done nothing of the kind.

 

He wonders why everyone hates zero percent interest rates because they are good for everyone and that inflation is better than the alternative. Ask those who live off the interest how they’re doing. But its not interest rates that has everyone all pissed off. It is something else entirely.

BERNANKE HAS DISRUPTED THE PRIMAL FORCES OF CAPITAL’S NATURE!

Buy creating capital (no pun intended) through the simple act of digital printing, and buying “assets” day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year, he has seismically shifted the rules of investing, capital formation and the ebb and flow of markets.

He has single handedly so warped investor psychology that there is a bone-fide expectation (self-fulfilling) that markets only go in one direction.

It removes the opportunity that comes with the mispricing of assets in a moribund economic environment. Instead, most assets are simply “too expensive” based on any traditional metrics or historical norms and those prices are “justified” based on the flow of cash from the FED. And please don’t give me a boilerplate answer about how the market has a 15 multiple. That is mostly based on Apple’s huge earnings and the too big to fail banks and their fictitious “earnings”.

So, why is Ben hated? There you go. Plus, this is the same reason that this is “the most hated rally in history”.

Here is the speech that Mr. Bernanke should receive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxiT30N6ti4

 

7 Responses to “Why Hate Bernanke? Lemme Tell You Why”

  1. Why not just hold your nose and buy every dip?

  2. Rumors that FED may have to once again increase before decreasing monthly asset purchases equates to a junky getting high one last time prior to walking into a rehab facility. There’s no good exit strategy.

  3. surplusdroids

    Great post Scott.
    Indeed. When the music stops I will have my popcorn ready.

    And perhaps some LEAPS.

  4. You gotta know which way the tide is running and swim that direction. Banks are the big winners borrowing at 0.25% and lending at 3% or whatever. The bankers are being rewarded beyond all others while being cursed by the liberal elite.

    Buy gold when Bernanke starts buying gold. (yeah, that will be the day!)

  5. the amount of people living off bank interest as not, is minimal. lower interest rates are better for the whole of the country. stop whining. only the super rich try to live off super safe lower interest investments.

  6. not only that, you didnt even give an actual answer to how he is “warping the economic system” all you are doing is saying that he is. what circular reasoning, and probably the reason that you are a lonely money manager and not a fed chairman.

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