A new status quo for financial markets?

A Heisenberg post this morning has two elements in it – one BofA’s 2020 equity look-ahead, and two about the new status quo as a result of responses to 2008/09 crisis. The second is way more interesting imho. I found this piece brilliant.

He quotes often quoted Deutsche Bank’s analyst Kocic:

In its core, policy response to the crises was an extension of what in a political context is known as the state of exception: Market laws had to be suspended to restore normal functioning of the markets. The intrinsic contradiction of this maneuver is resolved only by understanding that suspension is temporary. Stimulus will have to be unwound. However, the accommodation has been in place for a very long time, during which traditional transmission mechanisms have atrophied and investors’ mindset has changed in a way that has altered irreversibly their behavior, the market functioning and its dynamics.

Engineering a state of exception comes with considerable risk. The Fed (and central banks in general) carries an implicit responsibility for orderly reemancipation of the markets, which makes stimulus unwind especially tricky. This highlights the deep dichotomy of power: While a state of exception is an exercise of power, there is a clear tendency to disown that power. And the only way to avoid facing the underlying dilemma is to never give up the power. This creates a new status quo — a permanent state of exception.

The question to be asked and answered over time and several different times is … are we now living in this permanent state of exception?

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