Message to the ECB: We Told You So

Quasi-monetarists and Keynesians both warned the ECB that it was making a mistake by raising interest rates in response to commodity inflation, even as NGDP expectations were falling.  Indeed, we claimed they were making precisely the same mistake as they made in July 2008, when the ECB raised rates in response to high oil prices, even while NGDP growth remained weak.

It now looks like we were right; the ECB goofed and will soon have to reverse its policy.  Yields on German debt are plunging to ultra-low levels, particularly at the short end of the yield curve.  Three month bills yield 1.07%, while three year yields are only 0.71%.  Unless I have misread the data (I’m not used to following the German bond market), the markets are predicting a reversal of ECB policy in the near future.  (They recently raised their target rate to 1.5%.)

BTW, Kantoos is the best source for information on the ECB and Germany.

Here’s today’s market data:

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About Scott Sumner 492 Articles

Affiliation: Bentley University

Scott Sumner has taught economics at Bentley University for the past 27 years.

He earned a BA in economics at Wisconsin and a PhD at University of Chicago.

Professor Sumner's current research topics include monetary policy targets and the Great Depression. His areas of interest are macroeconomics, monetary theory and policy, and history of economic thought.

Professor Sumner has published articles in the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and the Bulletin of Economic Research.

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