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Uh-Oh. The Fed Has Passed The Ball To Congress

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    September 26, 2013

    After a few clumsy dribbles and a fumble, the Fed has passed the economic ball to Congress.

    And it has markets nervous. Congress’s ball-handling in the past has been so clumsy and non-productive that the team’s approval rating is hovering around a dismal 20%.

    And teamwork is still not part of its game plan.

    So who can blame the Fed for being too concerned about how Congress will handle the debt- ceiling crisis to execute its own plan last week to begin tapering QE stimulus.

    After all, the last time Congress booted the debt ceiling ball around, threatening, as it is now, to let the government close down if the other side didn’t cave, the S&P 500 tumbled 20%, and the Fed had to rush in and take the ball back, with a big new round of QE.


    And it doesn’t help matters that the market is as over-extended above its long-term 200-day m.a. as it was in 2011.

    So markets are understandably nervous.


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