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FOMC Minutes: More Fed Propaganda

FOMC Minutes: More Fed Propaganda

The two paragraphs below are excerpts from the Fed's "Staff Economic Outlook" section of the FOMC meeting minutes published today. The Fed is disingenuous in that it does not acknowledge the fact that it inflated the money supply, thus resulting in higher prices. In fact, years ago the Fed used to define inflation as "inflation … Continue reading FOMC Minutes: More Fed Propaganda

The Strong U.S. Dollar. Or Is It?

The Strong U.S. Dollar. Or Is It?

Sure, the U.S. Dollar may be strong as of late versus other currencies, but when measured versus the price of gold, the USD has experienced significant value destruction over the years as a result of the Federal Reserve's persistent money printing. The USD has lost 98% of its value versus gold since August 1971 when … Continue reading The Strong U.S. Dollar. Or Is It?

This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

This bear market rally feels more driven by FOMO than the fundamentals. What is there to get so excited about as to justify this rally off of the June lows? Inflation: Is the fact that headline CPI slowed to 8.5% from 9.1% really anything to write home about? Core CPI plus Food was up 1.4% … Continue reading This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

No QT as Far as The Eye Can See

No QT as Far as The Eye Can See

We wrote yesterday that we would be surprised if the Fed follows through on its stated plan to reduce its balance sheet by $95 billion per month as it seeks to unwind the heavy hand it played in 2020 and 2021 by subsidizing fiscal stimulus programs and executing its QE program. Robust Fed balance sheet … Continue reading No QT as Far as The Eye Can See

A Fed Hike In August?

A Fed Hike In August?

If July Core CPI comes in higher than the 5.9% figure reported for June we believe there will be a 50% probability that the Fed could raise the Fed Funds Rate in August rather than wait for the September 20-21 FOMC meeting. The Fed is nowhere near a neutral rate (as we wrote earlier this … Continue reading A Fed Hike In August?

Inflation Reduction Act Ensures Stagflation

Inflation Reduction Act Ensures Stagflation

If voted into law the Inflation Reduction Act will ensure more deficit spending, more Federal debt, more taxes, negligible Real GDP growth, low interest rates and high inflation - a recipe for continued Stagflation. What does stagflation look like? You are living it. The earmarks of stagflation are high inflation, high Federal debt and negligible … Continue reading Inflation Reduction Act Ensures Stagflation