Eric Sprott: US in a Recession, and Stimulus Policies Won't HelpSubmitted by PWA on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 09:06
The United States has likely slid into another recession despite repeated attempts by the Federal Reserve to jolt the economy with stimulus measures that, in reality, have done little more than inflate asset prices, said Eric Sprott, chairman of Sprott Money Ltd.
Since the downturn several years ago, the Fed has rolled out two rounds of quantitative easing (QE1 and QE2), which injected a combined $2.3 trillion into the economy to stave off decline via buying bonds held by banks, a policy often dubbed as printing money out of thin air that sows the seeds for inflation down the road.
Weak economic indicators are fueling talk that the Fed will roll out a third round of quantitative easing.
Such a move would come right on the heels of the recent decision to extend a Fed program that buys up longer-dated Treasury bonds in the market while simultaneously selling short-term government debt, dubbed by the markets as Operation Twist.