Tag: Federal Reserve

The Cost of Debt Rises

The Cost of Debt Rises

Management Teams Have Less Discretionary Capital as The Cost of Debt Rises As the cost of debt rises, management teams have less discretionary capital to allocate toward growth initiatives and various sources of competitive differentiation (Product Development for example). Belt tightening will be required as corporate America braces for the new normal of higher input … Continue reading The Cost of Debt Rises

The Delusional Fed

The Delusional Fed

The Fed's economic projections coming out of last week's FOMC meeting are far too optimistic. Fed's Real GDP projections for 2022, 2023 and 2024: 1.7%, 1.7% and 1.9% respectively. 2022 is going to be a zero percent to down Real GDP year in our view. 2023 will be flat with 2022 in our view. 2024 … Continue reading The Delusional Fed

The Fed Already Blinked

The Fed Already Blinked

It would have made for great theater if the Fed truly wanted to win the war against inflation. Unfortunately, the Fed already blinked. If the Fed's mission truly was to get CPI back down to 2%, the valuation froth that began to manifest in 2019 peaking with 2021's valuation mania (which made the 1999-2000 dot … Continue reading The Fed Already Blinked

A Recession Won’t Cure Inflation Anytime Soon

A Recession Won’t Cure Inflation Anytime Soon

It sure feels as though we are in a recession: Weak reports from retailers such as Amazon (AMZN) and Target (TGT, twice in Target's case).Soft retail numbers HERE.Low consumer confidence HERE.Atlanta Fed's new GDPNow estimate (as of June 15th), is zero percent Real GDP for Q2.Depleted personal savings (chart below).Even Johnny Come Latelys like Guggenheim's … Continue reading A Recession Won’t Cure Inflation Anytime Soon

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

We’ve Still Got A Long Long Way To Go

We’ve Still Got A Long Long Way To Go

"It would seem we've still got a long, long way to go" sang Phil Collins. I could not help but think of these lyrics as I reviewed the Fed's balance sheet this morning. While the Fed's Quantitative Tightening ("QT"), has only just begun, it has an enormous, multi-year project in front of it as it … Continue reading We’ve Still Got A Long Long Way To Go

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?

Living On The Edge: Investor Sentiment Feels Like 2008

Living On The Edge: Investor Sentiment Feels Like 2008

Investors are too optimistic. The economy and markets will get worse before they get better. We climbed high during 2020 and 2021 due to manufactured "stimulus" in the absence of production which could only end in inflation. Given the nose-bleed heights brought on by artificial excess, we have far to fall as markets, asset prices … Continue reading Living On The Edge: Investor Sentiment Feels Like 2008