from Zero Hedge:
If anyone had wondered if Stanley Druckenmiller’s recent bearishness had dissipated, or transformed into at least modest bullishness as a result of the market meltup, we have bad news.
Moments ago at the Sohn Conference, Druckenmiller raged at the Federal Reserve’s dire monetary policies, saying that low interest rates have caused an environment where “not a week goes by without someone extolling the virtues of the equity market.” The obsession with short term stimulus contrasts with the monetary reform of 80’s which led to the bull market, he added.
Instead, this action by the Fed – which he said was the least data-dependent in history (actually it is the most data-dependent, only the data is the Dow Jones Industrial Average) causes reckless behavior, Druck said and added thatthe Fed has no endgame and the end objective seems to be preventing the S&P from having a 20% decline.
“Three years ago on this stage I criticized the rationale of Fed policy but drew a bullish intermediate conclusion as the weight of the evidence suggested the tidal wave of central bank money worldwide would still propel financial assets higher. I now feel the weight of the evidence has shifted the other way; higher valuations, three more years of unproductive corporate behavior, limits to further easing and excessive borrowing from the future suggest that the bull market is exhausting itself.”
Repeating something else we have long said, Druckenmiller also correctly said that as a result of the Fed’s permissive policies (who can ever forget Chuck Schumer statement to Ben Bernanke: “Get to work, Mr Chairman”) means politicians can avoid things like tax reform. Or pretty much anything else.
However, the Fed’s action is not without a cost, as “the fed has borrowed from future consumption more than ever before.”
He then noted that he is just as concerned about China, also correctly observing that the local “zombie lending” simply can’t stop, and adding that Chinese people don’t need more debt and houses. Which is true, however when debt and houses are merely financialized instruments, then all is well.
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