In November 2010, the Federal Reserve announced a second round of economic stimulus commonly referred to as Quantitative Easing (QE2).Â The reason, according to the Fed, was â€œprogress toward its objectives has been disappointingly slow.â€ Â Â So, to try and turn the economy around, the Fed said, â€œ. . . the Committee intends to purchase a further $600 billion of longer-term Treasury securitiesÂ by the end of the second quarter (June) of 2011, a pace of about $75 billion per month.â€ (Click here to read the complete announcement from the Fed.) QE means the Fed basically creates money out of thin air to buy debt. Â The current money printing orgy is financing more than half of U.S. government right now.Â The first round of QE bought toxic mortgage debt and bailed out the bankers.
What was not said in the press release was much more important and may go down as one of the biggest turning points in the history of America.Â Bringing on QE2 meant QE1 ($1.75 trillion) failed to provide a sustained recovery.Â It also exposed the $12.3 trillion total spent or loaned by the Fed since the meltdown of 2008 failed to give the economy a lasting boost.Â The Fed did save some businesses and all the big Wall Street Banks from bankruptcy, but we now know nothing has really been fixed.
This brings me to one really important question. Â Â I put this question to a group of well-known market experts, economists, investment bankers and big thinkers.Â The five guys you are about to hear from have at least one major thing in common.Â They all predicted tough times for America when most didnâ€™t see it coming.Â So, I asked them all last week to peer into the not-so-distant future for their take on â€œWhat happens when QE2 ends?â€
World renowned gold expert Jim Sinclair said, â€œStates and Municipalities can and will go broke.Â The economic impact will act to foil QE.Â That will result in QE to Infinity regardless of MOPE. (Management of Perception Economics)Â Therefore, Washington and the Fed will backdoor rescues by buying State & Municipal debt, a form of QE.â€
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