The Inventory Context For Rate Cuts and Their Real Nature/Purpose

By |2019-10-30T20:38:31-05:00October 30th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

What typically distinguishes recessions from downturns is the inventory cycle. Even in 2008, that was the basis for the Great “Recession.” It was distinguished most prominently by the financial conditions and global-reaching panic, true, but the effects of the monetary crash registered heaviest in the various parts of that inventory process. An economy for whatever [...]

Three (Rate Cuts) and GDP, Where (How) Does It End?

By |2019-10-30T20:31:45-05:00October 30th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The Federal Reserve has indicated that it will now pause – for a second time, supposedly. Remember the first: after raising its benchmark rates apparatus in December while still talking about an inflationary growth acceleration requiring still more hikes, in a matter of weeks that was transformed into a temporary suspension of them. Expecting the [...]

The Dollar-driven Cage Match: Xi vs Li in China With Nowhere Else To Go

By |2019-10-18T18:25:42-05:00October 18th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

China’s growing troubles go way back long before trade wars ever showed up. It was Euro$ #2 that set this course in motion, and then Euro$ #3 which proved the country’s helplessness. It proved it not just to anyone willing to honestly evaluate the situation, it also established the danger to one key faction of [...]

GDP Profits Hold The Answers To All Questions

By |2019-08-29T20:58:05-05:00August 29th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets, Stocks|

Revisions to second quarter GDP were exceedingly small. The BEA reduced the estimate by a little less than $800 million out of nearly $20 trillion (seasonally-adjusted annual rate). The growth rate therefore declined from 2.03502% (continuously compounded annual rate) to 2.01824%. The release also gave us the first look at second quarter corporate profits. Like [...]

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 [...]

Europe’s Further Confirmation(s)

By |2019-08-14T17:08:18-05:00August 14th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The key takeaway from Europe’s economic data dump today isn’t that the whole Continental economy is poised on the verge of recession, though that’s thrust of what’s being written about most. The reason is simple; this is all highly unexpected in the mainstream. Going by official accounts alone, there was never a hint of trouble [...]

Factoring the Lumps in the (global) Slump

By |2019-08-09T19:15:28-05:00August 9th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The British manufacturing sector pulled the English economy into contraction for the first time since 2012. Real GDP declined by 0.2% Q/Q in the second quarter of 2019, another minus sign to add to the growing global list. Goods production fell sharply, down 2.3% in Q2 from Q1. It was the biggest decline since 2009. [...]

GDP And Revisions Highlight The Vulnerabilities

By |2019-07-26T17:05:10-05:00July 26th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It usually takes them a little while, a couple of benchmark adjustments to better conform to the true shape. Today’s GDP report included the latest revisions to the underlying data. Overall, not much changed. The changes are applied to Q1 2014 and forward, upping Real GDP growth slightly in 2015, adding a little bit more [...]

China’s Managed Decline Manages Another Quarter

By |2019-07-15T13:54:18-05:00July 15th, 2019|Markets|

The latest batch of economic from China featured a little something for everyone. For those thinking about a second half rebound, retail sales gained nearly 10% in June. It was the first time near to double digits since March 2018. At the other end of the spectrum, Real GDP rose just 6.2% year-over-year in the [...]


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