Money for Nothing

In Europe, Mario Draghi, the head of the ECB, is flooding banks with a $1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) at 1% in an effort to recapitalize them and maintain liquidity. Many banks are using this money to buy sovereign debt that pays high rates of interest. Unfortunately, as was the case here with QE1 and QE2, the banks are not lending the money, resulting in a more severe European recession.

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