Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota said Tuesday rock-bottom borrowing costs in the bond market are not a positive vote on the economic outlook.
1. This is another echo of 2003-2004, when Fed officials were equally puzzled by low long-term rates. I was even more puzzled than they were back then, and I am even more puzzled than they are now.
2. The conventional wisdom is that the bond markets watch the Fed, because the Fed has magical control over everything. To me, it seems more realistic to have the Fed watching the bond markets for clues about the economy. The Fed is actually powerless to alter the consensual hallucination.
3. I remember when Tyler Cowen described blog readers as like followers of a TV show or comic strip. They have cumulative knowledge of your blog, so that you can refer implicitly to what you have written previously, and they enjoy little inside jokes. Twitter has changed that. Now I have a lot of one-off readers, who leave comments that show that they know absolutely nothing of my previous writing. They have no context for my thinking on macroeconomics, and so they just decide that I am an ignoramus. I have gotten advice from people to make my blog post headlines more Twitter-friendly. In fact, I am reconsidering whether I want to get any traffic at all from Twitter. In the long run, I think I will like what I write more if I ignore the one-off reader population.