QE Raises Risk of Loss With Political Cost Leads to Fed Anxiety Rises

Fed Anxiety Rises as QE Raises Risk of Loss With Political Cost (Bloomberg)

Fed Anxiety Rises as QE Raises Risk of Loss With Political Cost (Bloomberg)

According to Bloomberg,

The longer the Federal Reserve continues its bond-buying stimulus, the higher the odds it will face a year without any money to give the U.S. Treasury after taxpayers received a record $88.4 billion profit in 2012.

The Fed’s financial-crisis actions — from acquiring debt in the 2008 rescues of Bear Stearns Cos. and American International Group Inc. to three rounds of quantitative easing — have led so far to the record payments. Now, the prospect of a stronger economy and rising interest rates means the value of the Fed’s bond holdings will fall at the same time its funding costs climb because the central bank pays interest on the excess reserves it holds for banks.

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