Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"5 years of QE and the distributional effects"

Following up on last weeks "McKinsey: 'QE and ultra-low interest rates: Distributional effects and risks'" SoberLook has some interesting charts:
As we approach the fifth anniversary of the start of the first quantitative easing program, some are asking the thorny question about the so-called "distributional effects" of these unprecedented programs. Who really benefited since the first QE was launched? There is a great deal of debate on the topic, but here are a couple of facts. Financial asset valuations, particularly in the corporate sector have seen sharp increases. For example the S&P500 index total return (including dividends) has delivered 144% over the 5-year period. Those who had the resources to stay with stock investments were rewarded handsomely....MORE
And my favorite chart: