At this point, "we'd probably be better off doing less than more" because "you'd be far better off to allow the normal market forces to operate here," Greenspan said. That's largely because stimulus spending is not proving as effective as many had hoped. "To the extent the evidence suggests very large deficits concurrently crowd out capital investment, there is a debit to the stimulus program that is somewhere between a third and a half of what the gross stimulus is," he said.
The former central banker noted that gold,the price of which has been surging, still represents the "ultimate means of payment." What is happening in that market "is a signal there is a problem with respect to currency markets." He reckons the problem is not a large one, but the jump in gold prices could be "the canary in the coal mine to keep an eye on."
...when it comes to a double-dip recession, "the probability of that is going down." Given all the ground the economy has lost, "the tinder for a double-dip is not readily available," although he added if housing goes down "all bets are off."