The ECB's Maltese fulcrum

So today we have the ECB and its head Mario Draghi at the podium announcing their selection in the 2015 Easing Draft.

To give you a look at how bad the European economy is doing, Europe’s central bank is charging its banking system 0.2% on money deposited at the bank.

By all accounts the next time Europe’s economic numbers are tallied, the slow growth of the last 6 months will further weaken to move into no growth and edge closer to a recession.

So the eyes and ears will be on Draghi’s post press conference in Malta to see if the ECB is thisclose to hiking on its $1.2 trillion EQE program.

Again, as I said plenty of times on this blog QE is not the answer to improving an economy. Not here or there. QE allows banks to stay open with their impaired balance sheets.

None of the money the central banks create for QE will get in the hands of the 99%.

You may see a bump in you portfolio — if you are among the 20% in the market — but the asset bubble does not allow wages and lending to rise from QE.

That’s by design. You will payoff the increased debt taken on by the ECB or the Fed, but you will derive no monetary gain directly.

The reason is simple, if the Fed or ECB allow that money to have velocity — or go directly into the economy through wages and increased lending — inflation would raise its ugly head.

Now the Fed is constantly harping on the fact that inflation is low, but that’s what they need.

Because if inflation rises, then the central bank has to raise rates to control that and the impaired banks would suffer greatly since a rise in bond rates decreases the price of those bonds, and that would make the banks balance sheets that much weaker.

The above is a critical reason we are stuck a zero rates for the last 7 years. But no one will tell you that.

It’s always about the crippled banks. Just follow the money.