The government is desperate to get the economy back on track. Since the financial crash of 2008, the government has pumped trillions and trillions of dollars into the economy. They’ve used economic “stimulus” plans. They have used the Federal Reserve. They’ve tried tax rebates. In short, the government and the powers-that-be have done everything in their power to get the economy back to full strength.
But it hasn’t worked.
Unemployment still remains high, the federal deficit is soaring, and the stock market remains volatile. But as CNBC reports, the Federal Reserve is going to keep pumping money into the economy and keep their interest rates artificially low. This may mean disaster for your retirement portfolio. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first, here’s what Fed Chair Janet Yellen said this week:
The length of time the Federal Reserve keeps its key interest rate near zero will depend on how far the U.S. economy remains from the central bank’s employment and inflation goals, and how long it will likely take to meet them, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday.
Yellen, in her second public speech as Fed chair, largely restated the central bank’s stance, stressed that it would respond to shifting economic conditions as it judges when to finally tighten monetary policy.
The central bank, frustrated with the slow U.S. recovery from recession, aims for maximum sustainable employment and a rise in inflation from just above 1 percent now to 2 percent.
“I hope it’s completely clear that while monetary policy is very accommodating at this point, and I focused on the need to keep it so or to adjust it to make sure the recovery remains on track,” Yellen said during a question-and-answer session at the Economic Club of New York. “As the recovery proceeds and healing occurs, it’s obvious that we will need to tighten monetary policy to avoid overshooting our target.”
She added that the Fed remains focused on removing accommodation when the time is right and that the central bank has learned that overshooting its target can be “very costly to reverse.”
As you can see, the Fed has no plans to stop pumping money into the system. This is a serious threat to investors, because as the supply of money increases, its value declines. (Remember Economics 101?) There’s another word for this… inflation. Would you be able to afford your retirement lifestyle if gas cost $10 per gallon? If your retirement portfolio isn’t protected against the power of inflation, your financial future is at risk.
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