There has been a lot of good economic news lately, at least compared to the very bad news of a few years ago. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t bad things worth keeping a close eye on – especially those that predict future action by the Federal Reserve.
The velocity of the US Dollar – the number of times per year that money turns over through the economy – continues to drop without an end in sight. This is a worrying sign because it suggests that most of the economic growth we are seeing comes from money that is being more or less printed by the Fed. It also suggests that there will be another round of quantitative easing, or even more money printed. There has to be a better way – and this wouldn’t be Barataria if we didn’t take a stab at how.