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Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The inevitable, and by all accounts brutal forthcoming recession, can coincide with two extremely dangerous conditions that will make it worse than 2008.
First, the Fed won’t be ready to lower interest rates and supply any debt-service relief for the economy. In the wake of 2008 Recession, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke took the overnight interbank loaning rate all the way down to 0 % from 5.25 % and printed $3.7 trillion. The Fed bought longer-term debt so as to push mortgages and every other debt to record low.
The best the Fed will be able to do is take to away its .25 % rate hike created in Dec.
Second, the federal government increased publicly-traded debt by $8.5 trillion (an increase of a hundred and seventy percent), and ran $1.5 trillion deficits to spice up consumption through transfer payments. Another such increase in deficits and debt, would cause an interest-rate spike that may flip this next recession into a devastating depression.
So as to avoid the surging value of debt-service payments on both public and private-sector level, the Fed will feel compelled to launch large number of bond purchases. However, not only are the interest rates already at historic lows, but faith in the ability of central banks to provide sustainable gross domestic product growth will have already been destroyed, given their unsuccessful eight-year experiment in QE.
Therefore, the ability of government to save the markets and also the economy this time will be extremely difficult, if not impossible.