Mishkin: Fed Is Failing To Live Up To Its Mandates

Former Fed government Frederic Mishkin spoke with CNBC this morning about future Fed decision making.

  • 0:50 The Fed have opened the door to large scale asset purchases.
  • 1:20 The Fed is not meeting its dual mandate due to low inflation and high unemployment. In order to address this, the Fed has opened up to asset purchases.
  • 2:00 Fiscal spending might be needed to push growth now, but in the long run it’s very dangerous.
  • 2:45 The Fed has to be concerned that by buying assets it is encouraging bad behaviour by politicians, and the long term debt will expose the Fed to inflation rate risk.
  • 3:20 When you’re a governor, if you decent, you move off the team.
  • 4:20 The Fed shouldn’t role out large scale asset purchases, but it needs to have a long term plan to remove its debt.
  • 6:15 The actions performed by the Fed helped us avoid the worst, depression
  • 8:15 We have to deal with long term problems, particularly Social Security and Medicare, before we have the freedom to spend via fiscal policy

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