Jim Grant: The World Created by Upside-Down Interest Rates

by | May 31, 2019

Central banks are trapped.

“Five years into the negative rate experiment, and a decade on in radical monetary improvisation, the central bankers are looking for a way back to normalcy. Not finding it, they are casting around for new ways to control what they seem unable to understand.”

“The unintended consequences of public policies are usually more consequential than the ones the policy makers had banked on. Lest the central bankers forget, interest rates are prices, not policy levers. And as prices, they set investment hurdle rates and measure credit risk. Artificially low rates therefore call forth artificial investments.”

About Steven Woskow

Steve Woskow is an entrepreneur and was President of Agtech Products, Inc., a research and development company specializing in animal agriculture. He has a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science from Iowa State University. He is retired and lives with his family in Northern Nevada.

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