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(B)(N) The Federal Funds Rate

December 5, 2017
An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth About Money

Essay. Although the Federal Funds Rate is closely followed by investors and the banks for signals of emerging prosperity in an inflationary economy – but not the reverse which they already know about – its relationship to the “economy” is generally negligible – even stupid on the day-to-day (please see below) – except in two cases: the first case is a depression which might be “kick-started” with more cash money in the general float available at low rates of interest to encourage more borrowing and more spending by consumers and investors.

And, in the other case, in a war economy in which the government will need to borrow (or print) more money anyway and, accordingly, pay more for it in terms of a higher rate of interest in order to put more “boots on the ground”.

As usual, economists and politicians and, for the most part, investors and the financial media are straight-line kind of guys and they glibly interpolate the “economy” between these two colorful and easy to grasp “kick-starters” and “boots on the ground” to end-up speaking gibberish on the day-to-day.

The Magic Money

It’s prudent to ask where this new found money is coming from.

For example, fiscal restraint and balanced budgets worsened the Great Depression, which was a World Depression in 1930’s, and the depression did not lift until the Second Great War of WW II which was also the “The Second Great Waste” of men and materiel and infrastructure but it put a lot of spending money into peoples’ pockets and set the stage for “The 2nd Great Industrial Revolution in America” and the “Cold War” of the 50’s and 60’s and many, if not innumerable, hot wars ever since in the arms export markets for sovereignty, boundaries, ideology, religion, and the form of government but not so much in  the steadfast productivity of ourselves as we lurch from recession to recession overseen by the Central Banks and their monetary policy minutely edited by the politicians of the day.

In other words, the world of the 19th century was destroyed by two World Wars and then re-built fifty years later and what a dollar might buy in 1900 costs $25 today and if your investments haven’t been keeping-up, you were wealthy in 1900 and broke today.

And although that equation is generally unspoken – it’s a secret – it’s not hard to grasp; the chart below shows that the monetary policy of the last several years has been prudent but meaningless.

Exhibit 1 The Federal Funds Rate

Exhibit 1: The Federal Funds Rate and the Real Economy

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