05 Jun '13, 2am

Who Benefits from Bitcoin? | The Awl

@TheRtHonPM The Fed is buying US sovereign debt and mortgage securities every month. When they buy them, the entities they buy them from get dollars, or dollar balances in their bank accounts. This is how dollars are "printed". (See "Open Market Operations" — but in a less traditional way since the QE programs began). Because the economy is so depressed, this money has not found its way into traditional bank lending — rather it seems to have gone into assets, like stocks and houses. Hence, the inflation is in asset prices rather than in consumer goods (although many people think that consumer price inflation is actually significantly higher than the official figures would suggest). I'm not saying the Fed shouldn't have done this — maybe the alternative was worse, I don't know. Guarantees are no different, really — they are just softer. If the guarantee is ever called upon,...

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