UBS Chairman Warns Central Bank Intervention Is Forcing Investors “To Make Bad Choices With Their Money”
With the endless jawboning from officialdom that ‘everything is awesome’ (or about to be) in a desperate attempt to keep the status quo fumbling along, it is once again refreshing when an ex-insider ‘fesses up that, in fact, nothing is awesome and it’s a total shitshow below the surface.
UBS Chairman Axel Weber is a former policymaker at The ECB and was the president of Germany’s Bundesbank.
Speaking on the sidelines of ther annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank this weekend, CNBC reports Weber warning…that monetary intervention is causing international spillovers and major disturbances in global markets.
“They (central banks) have taken on massive interventions in the market, you could almost say that central banks are now the central counterparties in many markets. They are the ultimate buyer,”
“Investors have been driven into investments where they have very little capability for dealing with what is on their plate and I think that is a sure reminder of where we were in a different asset class in 2007,” he said.
“So I think the central bankers need to be very careful that they do not continue to produce disturbances in the markets, which they acknowledge – it’s a known side effect – but the perception that the underlying impact of monetary policy outweighs the potential side effect in my view is starting to be wrong,” he added.
Since the global financial crash of 2008, central bank policy has focused on buying up bonds in large quantities and cutting interest rates to record lows. The Federal Reserve has since looked to unwind its own policy which focused on the Treasury market and the yield curve, but the Bank of Japan and the ECB’s large-scale bond-buying programs continue.
“I don’t think a single trader can tell you what the appropriate price of an asset he buys is, if you take out all this central bank intervention,” Weber warned, adding that it often meant investors were making bad choices with where to put their money.
Still we are sure this is probably nothing to worry about…