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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?

Fed Spin and U.S. Jobs

Fed Spin and U.S. Jobs

Federal Reserve officials tout the U.S. economy's strength as the reason why Fed tightening will not tip the economy into recession. The unemployment rate is the preferred metric of Fed officials who are spinning the tale of a strong economy. We provide an alternative. The Fed is expert at one thing - pulling the wool … Continue reading Fed Spin and U.S. Jobs

U.S. Labor Force Participation Is Stuck In The Mud

U.S. Labor Force Participation Is Stuck In The Mud

Forget the reported unemployment rate figures - that propaganda does not tell the true labor story as it does not contemplate unemployed workers who are no longer trying to find employment. A better measure of the labor market (as TEK2day readers know), is the Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate. This measure stood at 61.6% in … Continue reading U.S. Labor Force Participation Is Stuck In The Mud

Real GDP Growth Will Not Rebound In 2022

Real GDP Growth Will Not Rebound In 2022

Economists pushing the narrative that Real GDP growth will climb back to mid-single-digit percentages in 2022 have got it wrong. The combination of persistent price inflation and weak labor participation will ensure that Real GDP remains range bound between zero and 2%. The sooner Wall Street pundits learn to say "Stagflation" the more honest conversation … Continue reading Real GDP Growth Will Not Rebound In 2022

Fewer People Are Productive Today As Compared To The 2008 Financial Crisis

Fewer People Are Productive Today As Compared To The 2008 Financial Crisis

The fact is that the U.S. economy was more productive from a Labor Force Participation Rate perspective during the Financial Crisis as compared to where it stands today. The Labor Force Participation Rate stood at 66.0% in October 2008 and steadily declined until January 2020 when the Labor Force Participation Rate stood at 63.4%. The … Continue reading Fewer People Are Productive Today As Compared To The 2008 Financial Crisis

The Job Interview “No Show”

The Job Interview “No Show”

A byproduct of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (“PEUC”) program is the job interview "no show", which has become all too common across the Retail sector. The "no show" is where a job candidate skips the job interview because the candidate never intended to obtain a job. Rather, the candidate simply needed to show proof … Continue reading The Job Interview “No Show”

Labor Participation Outlook: June 2021<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Labor Participation Outlook: June 2021Premium 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ("BLS"), publishes the Labor Participation Rate each month. The Labor Participation Rate accurately reflects the state of labor in the United States. The same government agency also publishes the Unemployment Rate each month (due Friday June 4th). We view the latter as a Government marketing metric as it significantly … Continue reading Labor Participation Outlook: June 2021Premium 

Workers Choose To Collect Federal Unemployment Benefits Rather Than Work

Workers Choose To Collect Federal Unemployment Benefits Rather Than Work

Low wage services jobs are difficult to fill as we recently wrote (we continue to collect anecdotal data that supports our prior writing). Workers are choosing to stay home and collect Federal unemployment benefits rather than be productive. The moral hazard we warned of months ago is here. Should Biden and The Fed choose to … Continue reading Workers Choose To Collect Federal Unemployment Benefits Rather Than Work

Brace for Anemic Long-Term Real GDP Growth

Brace for Anemic Long-Term Real GDP Growth

The three-headed Hydra of low labor participation, increased debt levels and higher taxes will cripple U.S. long-term Real GDP growth for decades. Labor participation is not going back to December 2019 levels. To believe that scenario is wishful thinking. For starters, 25% of restaurants and bars are permanently closed. Those jobs are not returning. Second, … Continue reading Brace for Anemic Long-Term Real GDP Growth