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Gold: Big Difference Which Kind of Hedge It Truly Is

By |2019-08-30T16:16:19-04:00August 30th, 2019|Bonds, Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It isn’t inflation which is driving gold higher, at least not the current levels of inflation. According to the latest update from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation calculation, the PCE Deflator, continues to significantly undershoot. Monetary policy explicitly calls for that rate to be consistent around 2%, an outcome policymakers [...]

The Path Clear For More Rate Cuts, If You Like That Sort of Thing

By |2019-08-13T16:13:21-04:00August 13th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

If you like rate cuts and think they are powerful tools to help manage a soft patch, then there was good news in two international oil reports over the last week. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) cut its forecast for global demand growth for the seventh straight month. On Friday, the International Energy Agency [...]

Much More Than Rate Cuts On (Dis)Inflation

By |2019-07-11T17:02:23-04:00July 11th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Things have changed, obviously. Chairman Powell and the rest of the FOMC, the majority anyway, have come around to rate cuts. Where they were hawkish in December, noncommittal as late as May, they’ve been spooked into them over the last month or so. As it stands, the first one is less than three weeks away. [...]

When Verizons Multiply, Macro In Inflation

By |2019-06-12T16:06:28-04:00June 12th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Inflation always brings out an emotional response. Far be it for me to defend Economists, but their concept is at least valid – if not always executed convincingly insofar as being measurable. An inflation index can be as meaningful as averaging the telephone numbers in a phone book (for anyone who remembers what those things [...]

Inflation Is (Still) Not About Consumer Prices

By |2019-04-10T12:36:19-04:00April 10th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

To most people, this inflation business seems pretty silly. There are those who argue that any inflation index whether the CPI, PCE Deflator or some other approach yet to be devised can accurately capture the concept. And they are absolutely right to question the enterprise. Most people feel inflation in the things they do most; [...]

What Is Missed Inflation

By |2019-03-12T12:34:44-04:00March 12th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

As an alternate member of the FOMC, Lorretta Mester has been sounding off on inflation. When the payroll report for the month of August 2018 was released early in September, Mester as President of the Cleveland Fed was widely quoted for her “hawkish” stance. Referencing the highest wage growth in a decade, speaking in Boston [...]

The Global Reach of Kuroda’s Premature Celebrations

By |2019-02-22T12:43:06-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The unemployment rate isn’t just misleading in the US, though the gap between what it suggests here and what isn’t happening is now enormous. This idea of a labor shortage, or LABOR SHORTAGE!!!! as each case may be, was itself as global as synchronized growth when it showed up in later 2017. There were stories [...]

China’s Big Money Gamble

By |2019-02-15T12:06:00-05:00February 15th, 2019|Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

While oil prices rebounded in January 2019 around the world, outside of crude commodities continued to struggle. According to the World Bank’s Pink Sheet, base metal prices fell another 1.8% on average from December. On an annual basis, these commodities as a group are about 16% below where they were in January 2018. The last [...]

It’s Not That There Might Be One, It’s That There Might Be Another One

By |2019-01-30T11:59:57-05:00January 30th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It was a tense exchange. When even politicians can sense that there’s trouble brewing, there really is trouble brewing. Typically the last to figure these things out, if parliamentarians are up in arms it already isn’t good, to put it mildly. Well, not quite the last to know, there are always central bankers faithfully pulling [...]