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Economy Turns Down: Commodity And Producer Prices Like Labor

By |2019-10-07T17:27:39-05:00October 7th, 2019|Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It wasn’t just you, me, and common sense which were puzzled by the labor shortage of 2018. In his first few months on the job, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell would reference the unemployment rate quite often in setting his view of the economy’s trajectory. As it fell lower and lower, it spiked his expectations [...]

Multipliers and Elasticity: The Other More Consequential Side of Repo

By |2019-10-01T18:12:32-05:00October 1st, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

There is increasing skepticism in the mainstream media as to the functions and declarations coming from the Federal Reserve. As a direct consequence of the mid-September repo rumble, for the first maybe ever official opinions and explanations aren’t being taken immediately at face value. That may end up being the lasting legacy of what was [...]

The Wholesale Zoo: Where Did All The Animals Go?

By |2019-09-30T18:58:19-05:00September 30th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

One of the most maddening aspects of the recent repo market, federal funds mashup is the lack of context behind it. The event is being characterized and described as if in isolation. Regulations are squeezing dealers at the same time there is a lack of bank reserves. Thanks to QT, there’s just not enough liquidity [...]

More Than A Decade Too Late: FRBNY Now Wants To Know, Where Were The Dealers?

By |2019-09-23T18:03:11-05:00September 23rd, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

I’ve said it all along; focusing in on bank reserves would leave you dazed and confused. It’s just not how the system works. After all, as I pointed out again not long ago, “our” glorious central bank had the audacity to claim that there were “abundant” reserves during the worst financial panic in four generations. [...]

China Nastier Number Four

By |2019-09-16T13:38:36-05:00September 16th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Officials in China seem to be taking a page out of Mario Draghi’s playbook. Before Europe was pushed to the bring of recession, the President of Europe’s central bank would downplay any weakness in the European economy. In 2018 especially, Draghi frequently referred to 2017 as if it was something special. No cause for concern, [...]

Is The Negativity Overdone?

By |2019-09-09T18:40:36-05:00September 9th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Give stimulus a chance, that’s the theme being set up for this week. After relentless buying across global bond markets distorting curves, upsetting politicians and the public alike, central bankers have responded en masse. There were more rate cuts around the world in August than there had been at any point since 2009. And there’s [...]

The Shock, The Squeeze, and The Downside

By |2019-08-28T11:39:46-05:00August 28th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Yesterday, Eurostat confirmed that German GDP in Q2 2019 had contracted. Also issuing benchmark revisions, the European government agency found that GDP growth had been slightly better than previously thought at the top of Reflation #3. The last two quarters of 2017 saw the biggest upward revisions. But if Europe’s “boom” really was a little [...]

TIC: The Calm (June) Before the Storm (August)

By |2019-08-16T12:29:24-05:00August 16th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

As far as recent times may be concerned, June 2019 wasn’t that bad of a month. Compared to some this year, it was downright uninteresting. Starting with the UST market, there was a plunge in yields (bad sign for global dollar shortage) in the second half of April and throughout May. June saw more steady [...]

All You Really Needed Was the Yield Curve

By |2019-08-12T18:14:30-05:00August 12th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It is absolutely amazing the lengths people will go to in order to deny the most straightforward and obvious explanation; to torture and twist plain evidence. That’s the thing about rationalizing, though. The narrative usually matters more than the facts. Take tax reform and interest rates. The problem with tax reform wasn’t actually tax reform. [...]

The Real Power Behind Currency Wars

By |2019-08-06T16:28:08-05:00August 6th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It’s another one of those things that just blows up the whole convention, another pretty clear sign that the mainstream has it all backward. We are seeing it play out right now with China. The Chinese are being accused of unfair currency manipulation, the sort of “competitive devaluation” that fills whole chapters in the Keynesian [...]

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