El-Erian Blames The Fed For "Totally Avoidable" Crisis
“The economy is starting to go through the windshield, the financial system is starting to go through the windshield,” warned Mohamed El-Erian during an interview with Bloomberg TV this morning, following remarks from JPM Asset Manager CIO Bob Michel's comments:
The chief economic adviser at Allianz SE has been a frequent critic of The Fed in recent years for refusing to see the non-transitory nature of inflation and worse still, refusing to start tightening policy sooner - even after they admitted it was not so transitory after all.
Central banks made the mistake of holding on too long to the notion that inflation would be transitory, El-Erian said.
And “when they retired that word from their vocabulary, they didn’t act. They didn’t act in any meaningful way.”
The rapid pace of interest-rate hikes in response to inflation “is not stepping on the brakes, this is slamming the brakes,” El-Erian exclaimed.
“This is the most front-loaded interest-rate cycle that we have seen in a very long time, and it didn’t need to be this.”
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While admitting the US economy is on “a bumpy journey to a better destination,” the president of Queens’ College, Cambridge, told CBS News that:
“Not only does [The Fed] have to overcome inflation, but it has to restore its credibility,” adding that:
"So yes, I fear we risk a very high probability of a damaging recession that was totally avoidable.”