The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
The Great Debate
By Mark Williams
The opinions expressed are his own.
Events unfolding in Europe — including Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and most recently Ireland — are alarming reminders that systemic risk is the most pressing of this decade.
“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future,” is attributed to a long list of people. Even with that in mind, however, the first eight months of 2010 have been especially unkind to professional forecasters and investors as markets have lurched between extremes of pessimism and optimism.
— John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. —
Plotting an exit strategy and shrinking the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has become a hot topic as policymakers try to underscore their commitment to price stability and markets ponder the risk of inflation.