2006 Bernanke: Housing market is headed for a soft landing

There’s a lot of talk about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke managing a “soft landing” of ending stimulus and quantitative easing. Time will be the judge.

It’s interesting to compare this “soft landing” to the last one -where instead of government stimulus it was housing that had reached bubble proportions. What did Bernanke say back then?

Unfortunately, he was using very similar language. The USA Today article titled “Bernanke: Housing market is headed for a soft landing” sums it up very well:

“Our assessment at this point … is that this looks to be a very orderly and moderate kind of cooling,” Bernanke said.

My assessment is that the Fed’s assessment was downright terrible.

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