Dallas Fed's Fisher: Wall Street Has A Borderline 'Fetish' For QE

Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher wants the monetary spigot turned off.

In remarks to a group of Dallas businessmen released today, the Dallas Fed governor said he was disturbed by what he saw as Wall Street’s continued cries for more Fed accommodation:

I am personally perplexed by the continued preoccupation, bordering upon fetish, that Wall Street exhibits regarding the potential for further monetary accommodation—the so-called QE3, or third round of quantitative easing.


Yet financial market operators keep looking and hoping for more. Why? I think it may be because they have become hooked on the monetary morphine we provided when we performed massive reconstructive surgery, rescuing the economy from the Financial Panic of 2008–09, and then kept the medication in the financial bloodstream to ensure recovery.

Things have to get really bad before Fisher will jump on the QE bandwagon.

“I personally see no need to administer additional doses unless the patient goes into postoperative decline. I would suggest to you that, if the data continue to improve, however gradually, the markets should begin preparing themselves for the good Dr. Fed to wean them from their dependency rather than administer further dosage.

Read Richard Fisher’s comments at DallasFed.org.

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