Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fed Admits Stimulus a Bust

"I can only say: I'm sorry, America," he wrote. "The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I've come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time."

Huszar told "Fast Money" that the bond-buying program, which was supposed to increase credit availability to consumers and businesses, didn't do so.

"There was actually a net decrease in mortgage lending," he said. "In fact, until 2012 mortgage lending was at a 15-year low."

"Let's be honest, 50 percent of Americans don't own stock," he said. "There's a certain amount of trickle-down monetary policy involved here. And there's a real question as to whether that works compared to the huge costs that the program has."
"By virtue of reflating the markets, we've potentially taken the emphasis out of breaking up what is ultimately a banking cartel in the United States," he said, adding that "0.2 percent of banks control 70 percent of assets in this country."

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