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...

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