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How the Fed Stifles Lending

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Dear Jerome Powell: End quantitative easing now. The Japanese tried QE in 2001, buying government debt, mortgage securities and even stocks. It didn’t work. The Federal Reserve has tried it four times since Lehman Brothers went belly up in 2008. QE doesn’t work and instead of keeping markets stable it creates instability.
The Fed supervises and regulates U.S. banks. But traditional banking (think Mr. Potter from “It’s a Wonderful Life”) represents only about 15% of all lending, maybe less. The rest is the mysterious-sounding shadow banking system based on securities lending and other credit products, including repurchase agreements—the …

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