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IMF Admits QE Encourages Excessive Risk-Taking; Warns "Sharp Downside Risks...

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With the Fed unleashing its bubble-watchers last week, on the heels of warnings from the Central Bankers' Central Bank (BIS), The IMF has decided it is time to chirp in. As Mises' David Howden notes, after promoting QE for years (see here and here), the IMF is finally coming to realize what has been apparent for years now to almost everyone who doesn't work for the Fed or the IMF: that low interest rates encourage risky decisions. The Guardian reports, excessive risk taking and geopolitical hazards pose new threats to a global economy already experiencing an uneven and weaker than expected recovery, the International Monetary Fund has warned. In a report prepared in advance of the G-20 meetings, The IMF warns, "financial market indicators suggested investor bets funded with borrowed money looked "excessive" and that markets could quickly deflate if there were surprises in U.S. monetary policy or the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East."

Some key excerpts from the full report below:

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