Fed and ECB Smokescreens to Print Money
Fresh on the heels of ECB president Mario Draghi's Lies In Defense Bond Purchases, Including a Warning of Deflation [below] comes news of an unexpected rise in Eurozone price inflation.
Economists had expected price inflation to drop. Instead, Eurostat reports Euro area inflation estimated at 2.7%, up from 2.6% in August.
Looking at the main components of euro area inflation, energy (9.2% compared with 8.9% in August) is expected to have the highest annual rate in September, followed by food, alcohol & tobacco (2.9% compared with 3.0%), services (2.0% compared with 1.8%) and non-energy industrial goods (0.8% compared with 1.1%).
Euro Area Inflation
Smokescreens to Print Money
As with the Fed, apparently the ECB does not consider the two key things people need (food and energy) as important. Instead, the ECB appears to be worried about deflation in non-energy industrial goods.
Appearances are deceiving. All this talk of inflation and deflation is nothing but a smokescreen for the ECB and the Fed to do what they want to do: print money.
Both central banks can and do bend their words at will, to make whatever policy decisions they want.
ECB president Mario Draghi even went so far as to proclaim fighting deflation gave it a mandate to break the treaty under which it was formed.
Draghi's stance has nothing to do with prices or price stability but rather everything to do with the implosion of the eurozone economy, the implosion of eurozone credit, the sorry state of European banks, the rise of radical movements in Greece and Spain and, of course, the very existence of the euro itself.
He can't come out and say, "The ECB does not care about prices right now," and he certainly cannot spout out the reasons as noted in the above paragraph so, instead, he spouts outright lies hoping someone will believe him.
Source of Inflation
While claiming to be "inflation fighters," the fact of the matter is the true source of inflation is fractional reserve lending and central bank policies.
Related: Draghi Defends Bond Purchases With Warning of Deflation; Lies From Draghi on ECB Mandate and Mopping Up Liquidity
If you are going to tell a lie, make it as big and credible as you can by wrapping the lie with a platitude of half-truths. ECB president Mario Draghi did just that today [24 Oct.] with a spirited defense of bond purchases, coupled with a warning about deflation.
Paragraphs in italics below are from the above Bloomberg link. My comments follow immediately.
The ECB’s so-called Outright Monetary Transactions "will not lead to inflation," Draghi told lawmakers in Berlin in a closed-door session, according to a text provided by the ECB. "In our assessment, the greater risk to price stability is currently falling prices in some euro-area countries," he said. "In this sense, OMTs are not in contradiction to our mandate: in fact, they are essential for ensuring we can continue to achieve it."
The problem with such nonsense is you cannot break the law while screaming you are upholding it. Draghi now sounds and acts like hypocrite US presidents of both political parties.
Both president Bush and president Obama (as well as the treasury departments under each administration) have shown little concern for the law. Increasingly, presidents are of the mind, "We have to destroy capitalism to save it," or as President Bush stated (and Obama practices), "I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system."
For further elaboration, please see The Most Redeeming Feature of Capitalism is Failure.
"OMTs will not lead to disguised financing of governments," Draghi said. "All this is fully consistent with the Treaty's prohibition on monetary financing. Moreover, they will focus on shorter maturities and leave room for market discipline."
Translation: The OMT is disguised financing of governments. Moreover, should "market discipline" get out of line with what the ECB wants, rest assured maturities will be extended on the "whatever it takes" mandate.
Draghi explained that the ECB's intervention is necessary "because confidence in the euro has been disturbed," said Priska Hinz, the Green party's budget spokeswoman.
Confidence is disturbed because the euro is fundamentally flawed and it's too late to fix it. Certainly one huge nanny-state led by Brussels is not going to fix anything. The nanny-state will only make things worse.
Draghi said the program won't compromise the ECB's independence because it requires governments to agree to conditions. The program doesn't create "excessive risks" for euro-area taxpayers, he added, according to the ECB text.
"Such risks would only materialize if a country were to run unsound policies," Draghi said.
Unsound policies, like the ones they are running now?
Bond purchases won't fuel inflation because the ECB will absorb the liquidity created by those interventions, Draghi said.
That is a direct lie, as is his opening gambit of claiming that breaking the treaty is within mandate. Yes, the ECB sterilizes the bonds it buys. However, the ECB will also accept those bonds right back as collateral for cash, thereby pumping up base money supply. The ECB has no intention of absorbing liquidity in actual practice.
Real Problem is Not Deflation
By the way, I would be remiss if I failed to point out the problem is not "deflation." Rather, deflation only seems bad because of the excess leverage that the Fed and the ECB allowed to build up.
The real problem is unsound money and fractional reserve lending coupled with misguided policies of central banks and out-of-control budgets everywhere one looks.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock, a registered investment advisor representative at SitkaPacific, blogs at globaleconomicanalysis.com.
Posted by seer on 10/26/12 11:14 PM
I believe the writer is correct about many points concerning the Banks, FED and money policies. However, the inflation is being driven by higher oil prices (now falling) due to increased Worldwide demand in addition to a falling dollar.
Real inflation in the USA has not become severe due to the lack of demand leading to less consumption among the masses. The FED has made sure the big investment banks have trillions of dollars and even major corporations are sitting on trillions of dollars. If the money somehow found its way to the masses the increased demand would drive prices up drastically.This is why the stock market is inflated as elite rich investors seek to find returns somewhere. And these elite are playing a global market to obtain returns which may be their goal. A one world economy with local governments content to battle social issues.
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Actually, you are speaking of price-inflation.
Posted by Danny B on 10/26/12 10:36 AM
"rest assured maturities will be extended "
Hey, that's a good one. Why not just explicitly tell potential bond buyers that they will get paid back at some unknown time far in the future.
Bond buyers are a fast moving target. GOV prefers an easy target. THAT is why GOV is forcing the pension funds to buy GOV securities.
Draghi, like all the rest of the idiots won't admit failure. He's going to ride that Euro horse right off the cliff. We DO have massive deflation. It appears in sectors that have been highly inflated previously. The mega-morons in Brussels believe that; by inflating the sectors that they DO have control over, they can stop the deflation in the sectors that they DON'T have control over.
History is very clear about monetary idiocy.
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Yep, it's the new word in a new world; hyperstagflation.
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The PTB can't possibly force a wage-price spiral when global-wage-arbitrage is in control. The best that they can hope for is stagflation. This looks like price inflation but, is actually wage deflation. This is the desired outcome from any currency war. Inflate the currency,,,, deflate the wages,,, preserve market share in manufacturing.
Draghi, et al are trying to defrost a dinosaur by lighting his tail on fire.
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