The Federal Reserve is Topsy Turvy [Yes I am old] But Can Be Improved

The Federal Reserve has been slow to act for fear of market reaction. Here is proof.

  1. Kept balance sheet high for too long. Quantitative Easing (QE) has gone on too long.
  2. Drank the unemployment Kool-Aid and ignored other signals.
  3. Looked at CPI as temporary and ignored Wage Inflation.
  4. Did not increase frequency of meetings to once a month during tumultuous time.
  5. Reacted rather than be proactive.
  6. Targeted inflation at 2% when the previous 50 years averaged 2.5% inflation.

The Federal Reserve can take these steps to fix some things.

  1. Meet monthly.
  2. Reduce Balance sheet aka stop QE.
  3. Increase interest rates 0.25 each month and avoid 0.50 increases.
  4. Assume recession is coming and be prepared to stop tightening.
  5. Set inflation target at 3%.
  6. Add non-voting younger University Economics Professors to board.

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