Tag: monetary policy

The U.K. Is Not In An Enviable Position

The U.K. Is Not In An Enviable Position

The Bank of England will likely institute an emergency rate hike of 25-50 BPS today in our opinion as the Pound plummets against the USD (FX Headwinds Will Persist Into 2023). What is fascinating is that the fiscal side loosened policy last week as U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss pushed tax cuts. Conversely, the monetary … Continue reading The U.K. Is Not In An Enviable Position

The NASDAQ Could Re-Test COVID Lows & The Rise of High Yield

The NASDAQ Could Re-Test COVID Lows & The Rise of High Yield

Could the NASDAQ re-test the COVID lows of March 2020 when it sat around 6,900? Yes. That would require a prolonged recession (which we expect) AND The Fed not restarting its ultra-dovish monetary policy of Quantitative Easing combined with a near zero Fed Funds Rate. Who knows how the Fed will behave in 2H 2023 … Continue reading The NASDAQ Could Re-Test COVID Lows & The Rise of High Yield

China Is Easing

China Is Easing

China is cutting rates again in an effort to bolster the local economy which has slowed due to COVID lockdowns and the bursting of the local property bubble. We touch on a few near-term implications of this slowdown. More importantly, from a strategic perspective China's easing will likely result in the U.S. expanding its trade … Continue reading China Is Easing

The Fed Is Blinking

The Fed Is Blinking

It would seem to us that the Fed is stalling its QT effort. Inflation will not materially decline unless the Fed materially shrinks the money supply. Looking at the Fed's balance sheet it appears the Fed has stalled its QT effort, especially when one considers that the Fed had planned to reach a $95 billion … Continue reading The Fed Is Blinking

When The Fed Last Pulled Back Too Soon

When The Fed Last Pulled Back Too Soon

The consensus seems to be that the Fed will cut interest rates in 2023. The 1970's illustrate how inflation could run out-of-control should the Fed prematurely reverse course on its tightening cycle. Priority One: The Fed wants to avoid out-of-control inflation at all costs. Our view is that Fed Chair Powell will be willing to … Continue reading When The Fed Last Pulled Back Too Soon

Independence Day Edition

Independence Day Edition

To celebrate Independence Day we give you Milton Friedman's 10-part "Free To Choose" video series. Free To Choose – Vol. 01: “The Power of the Market” https://youtu.be/dngqR9gcDDw Free To Choose – Vol. 02: “The Tyranny of Control” https://youtu.be/CWgNe8v6KFc Free To Choose – Vol. 03: “Anatomy of Crisis” https://youtu.be/fKz6KrMGj3I Free To Choose – Vol. 04: “From Cradle to Grave.” https://youtu.be/ysf-5MdWDt0Continue reading Independence Day Edition

It Is Official. We Are In A Recession.

It Is Official. We Are In A Recession.

The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow Q2 Real GDP estimate was -2.1% as of July 1st. This marks the second consecutive negative Real GDP quarter which means we are officially in a recession. A recession in 2022 was an easy call for us to make as there was essentially zero probability of the U.S. economy growing in … Continue reading It Is Official. We Are In A Recession.

The Fed Has Yet To Reduce Its Balance Sheet

The Fed Has Yet To Reduce Its Balance Sheet

The Fed's forthcoming QT program has yet to ramp, thus the monetary tightening process has yet to really begin in our view. Tomorrow at 4:30pm ET we will get a picture of where the Fed's balance sheet sits. After shrinking modestly during the month of May, the Fed continues to grow its balance sheet (below). … Continue reading The Fed Has Yet To Reduce Its Balance Sheet

Junk Sinks To The Bottom of The River

Junk Sinks To The Bottom of The River

Shares of junk companies such as American Airlines (AAL) and General Electric (GE) are back where they traded during the COVID doldrums. What was gained by bailing out these shit companies or the thousands of zombie companies that received COVID relief money? All of that wasted capital - trillions of dollars - that was printed … Continue reading Junk Sinks To The Bottom of The River