In the wake of the biggest broadside to the collective economic world in years, it seems only fair that we scrutinize some of the other so-called "consensus opinions" to see if they are as vulnerable as Wednesday's botched projection on Fed tapering.
Not only did they get it wrong that the Fed was about to begin reining in its monthly bond buying program, but this same group now expects us to believe them when they say with authority that Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen will be Ben Bernanke's successor.
In the attached video, our esteemed panel of guests, including RBS senior economist Michelle Girard, KKM Financial's Jeff Kilburg, and Yahoo Finance colleagues Jeff Macke and Mike Santoli, debate Yellen's candidacy. It's not a question of experience or credentials, it's a question of politics and to a lesser degree payback and pettiness.
For starters, since Yellen's resume and reputation are impeccable, there's never been a question of whether or not she is up for the job. The problem stems from the fact that the job in question is often touted as carrying more power and clout than any other position in the world, beside that of the U.S. President. Therefore, selecting a Fed chairman is inherently political.Read More »from Will Economists Be Wrong About Yellen Too?