``Unfortunately, even though the equity market has been rising on what we view as nothing but noxious psychological ether, the FOMC has -- perhaps unintentionally -- released another tank of the stuff. Quantitative easing only "works" however, to the extent that investors have no immediate desire to hold short-term, risk-free assets. In any environment where investors become eager to hold currency and other low-risk, default-free assets despite their low yield, I expect that both investors and the Fed will discover that quantitative easing is wholly ineffective in supporting the prices of risky assets. This is an experiment that has not yet run its course, and we have no intention of being the guinea pigs in that study.''

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