Tag: fed funds rate

Too Little Too Late. The Inflation Cake Is Baked.

Too Little Too Late. The Inflation Cake Is Baked.

If the Fed were to follow today's 75 basis point increase in the Fed Funds Rate with 100 basis point increases during each of the July and September FOMC meetings, it still would not be sufficient to curb inflation this year. 2022 will be marked by a recession, elevated prices for goods and services, and … Continue reading Too Little Too Late. The Inflation Cake Is Baked.

Wednesday Could Get Bloody for Equities

Wednesday Could Get Bloody for Equities

Too many bulge bracket firms are dismissing the chance of a 75 basis point increase by the Fed tomorrow. Variance of expectations means greater potential for volatility (i.e. downside risk). Over the weekend we stated that we believe there is a 50% probability that the Fed will raise its Fed Funds Rate by 75 basis … Continue reading Wednesday Could Get Bloody for Equities

Will Powell Surprise To The Upside?

Will Powell Surprise To The Upside?

The Fed's FOMC meeting will take place this week on June 14th and 15th. Fed Chair Powell has lost control of the inflation narrative. The Fed needs to act boldly to capture control of the inflation narrative. Price inflation was obviously never going to be transitory given the Fed grew the money supply as measured … Continue reading Will Powell Surprise To The Upside?

Will He Or Won’t He?

Will He Or Won’t He?

Will Fed Chair Powell increase the Fed Funds Rate for three consecutive meetings? We say look to the credit markets. Consensus amongst investors seems to be that the Fed will execute two consecutive rate hikes but may pause before executing a third. Our view is that Fed Chair Powell will execute Fed Funds hikes at … Continue reading Will He Or Won’t He?

Jerome Powell Will Talk Tough This Summer

Jerome Powell Will Talk Tough This Summer

Powell was confirmed for a second term as Fed Chair on May 12th. His nomination was held up for months in the Senate. Powell's confirmation will provide him with temporary courage - enough to talk in a hawkish manner, enough to take the Fed Funds Rate to 2% by summer's end - but not enough … Continue reading Jerome Powell Will Talk Tough This Summer

Tomorrow’s Fed Decision

Tomorrow’s Fed Decision

We expect a 50 basis point increase in the Fed Funds rate tomorrow. More importantly over the next number of months will be the Fed's actions with respect to its balance sheet. Our focus will be on the Fed's balance sheet over the next number of months (see chart below), which has ticked down recently … Continue reading Tomorrow’s Fed Decision

Treasury Yields Will Only Move In One Direction

Treasury Yields Will Only Move In One Direction

10-year Treasury yields sit around 2.72% and will climb higher as the Fed: a.) lifts the Fed Funds Rate and, b.) trims its balance sheet (i.e. quantitative tightening "QT"). There is no scenario in which the Fed executes QT only to have Treasury yields move lower. It is simply a question of supply and demand. … Continue reading Treasury Yields Will Only Move In One Direction

A Recession Is Inevitable

A Recession Is Inevitable

It is inevitable that the U.S. Economy will enter recession this year should the Fed continue to tighten monetary policy as inflation persists. Wall Street is already seeing slowed activity with some M&A deals and credit pricings put on hold indefinitely or cancelled outright. The real economy will feel the negative effects of higher interest … Continue reading A Recession Is Inevitable

Too Little Too Late

Too Little Too Late

Three or four quarter point rate increases in 2022 won't be nearly enough to curb inflation. The Fed does not have the luxury of taking interest rates anywhere near the Volcker-era Fed. Thus, inflation is likley to persist for an extended period of time measured in years not months. Further, we do not believe that … Continue reading Too Little Too Late