Summary of The End Isn't Nigh

Central Bank Challenges as the Era of Cheap Money Enters a New Phase


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The End Isn't Nigh summary
The imminent end to quantitative easing has put the markets in a tizzy. But is this panic premature?


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When slashing interest rates failed to ignite a recovery in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, several developed nations resorted to quantitative easing. Central banks bought up assets, “funneling trillions of dollars of newly created money via commercial banks to the real economy.” As the world recovers, central banks inevitability will need to wean investors off cheap cash, but the mere idea creates market hysteria. getAbstract recommends this succinct assessment to policy makers, central bankers and skittish investors, who need not fear: “The end isn’t nigh.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • When the US Federal Reserve and other major nations’ central banks are likely to end quantitative easing policies
  • How global financial markets will respond
  • How the emerging economies will handle an era of tighter money


In January 2008, the collective balance sheets of the Federal Reserve (Fed), the European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of England (BoE) and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) were $2.9 trillion. By January 2014, that figure will have grown to $8.8 trillion. The quantitative easing (QE) policies that led to this...
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