The dangers of endless quantitative easing
Raghuram Rajan | The University of Chicago Booth School of Business | 10 August 2021
Inflation readings in the United States have shot up in recent months. Labour markets are extremely tight. In one recent survey, 46% of small-business owners said they could not find workers to fill open jobs, and a net 39% reported having increased their employees’ compensation. Yet, at the time of this writing, the yield on 10-year Treasury bonds is 1.24%, well below the ten-year breakeven inflation rate of 2.4%. At the same time, stock markets are flirting with all-time highs.
Something in all this does not add up. Perhaps the bond markets believe th...