“Collateral Damage & Unintended Consequences”

Pimco’s Mohamed El-Erian is to today’s financial establishment what Walter Cronkite was to the American mainstream, a generation (or two) ago:  an unofficial spokesman whose views distill and encapsulate the broad consensus.

So, his dispatches these days — including his latest, ‘Central Banks’ “Responsible Irresponsibility?”‘ — automatically command attention.

Half-Time at The Crash of ’08

El-Erian’s take on where things stand now?

The Federal Reserve — and central bankers worldwide — have sailed into uncharted monetary waters . . . taking us along with them.

That, umm  .  . . tack is arguably better than doing nothing, but is untested, and raises the spectre of “collateral damage and unintended consequences.”

Hard to disagree with any of that.

What to do about those risks?

El-Erian only says that it would be wise to develop “contingency steps” to deal with them.

More specifics, please . . .

See also, “A Lexicon of Wall Street Jargon.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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