Don't worry about the debt ceiling. More spending is coming. The risk of Treasury defaulting in June is 0.00000000000000000001% (I jest), but that is neither here nor there. Both the Dems and the GOP want to spend on pork, it is just a question of which flavor. Therefore, the debt ceiling will be lifted, another … Continue reading Don’t Worry About The Debt Ceiling
Tomorrow’s CPI Release Does Not Matter
Tomorrow's CPI release is inconsequential at this point. Prices for finished Goods & Services likely modestly abated and will remain elevated in our view such that 2% CPI is not going to happen this year. More pressing for the Fed is the ongoing banking crisis. The fixed income market ought to be setting interest rates, … Continue reading Tomorrow’s CPI Release Does Not Matter
Price Inflation Persists. Now What?
Core CPI accelerated month-to-month to 0.5% (from 0.4% in January), as "Shelter" accelerated to 0.8%. Our view is that the Fed will continue to hike rates but may slow the pace of QT, particularly as it relates to Treasuries. The Fed says it will maintain interest rate hikes as the Banking sector stumbles. More importantly, … Continue reading Price Inflation Persists. Now What?
Powell’s Puzzle. Dimon A Winner.
Fed Chair Powell has the backbone of a jellyfish. Therefore it will be interesting to see what he and his band of banking flunkies do at their FOMC meeting later this month - especially if Financials continue to trade down and should consumer prices remain elevated as we expect (CPI release is Tuesday at 8:30am … Continue reading Powell’s Puzzle. Dimon A Winner.
Labor Force Participation – Weak
Blame the various COVID relief packages for the weak labor force participation rate - 62.5% in February, up from 62.4% in January but down from 63.3% in February 2020 pre-pandemic. This at a time when the Biden Administration is proposing a $7 trillion budget. I'm not sure where demand for U.S. Treasuries to fund this … Continue reading Labor Force Participation – Weak
Walmart Looks Like Stagflation
WMT expenses (COGS and interest expense), grew faster than January quarter revenues. Fiscal 2024 full year outlook looks similar where expenses are growing as fast as or outpacing revenue growth. That's what an economy in the midst of stagflation looks like - muted growth with costs (including debt expense), growing as fast or faster than … Continue reading Walmart Looks Like Stagflation
Tomorrow’s CPI = Noise
Regardless of where CPI lands tomorrow, my view is that the Fed will hold rates higher for longer than the market believes. Higher interest rates combined with a shrinking money supply (QT), translates to: tighter monetary conditions, a higher cost of capital, less revenue visibility for companies, more employee layoffs and a deeper recession. The … Continue reading Tomorrow’s CPI = Noise
PPI: Food Prices Remain Elevated
PPI up 0.3% month-to-month as food inflation remains sticky. In case you missed this morning's PPI release, click HERE. Foods. With respect to "Foods", it is no surprise that poultry, eggs and dairy were up in November as this was reflected at Retail. Apparently there is a bird flu that was driving poultry/egg prices higher. … Continue reading PPI: Food Prices Remain Elevated
The Fed’s Balance Sheet Reduction (QT) Update
There was essentially no movement on the Fed's Balance Sheet this week with only very minor changes. Total Treasury and Agency security holdings were reduced by $1.9 billion for the week-ended December 7th 2022. Fed Balance Sheet – Treasuries: The Fed’s Treasury security holdings were $1.9 billion lower over the last week and $61.9 billion lower … Continue reading The Fed’s Balance Sheet Reduction (QT) Update
More QE Is Coming. Stagflation Is Staying.
Governments gorged on historically low interest rates since 2009 and issued record amounts of debt to fund all sorts of silly spending programs from economic "stimulus" checks to QE. Debt securities are subject to the laws of supply and demand as is any commodity. We have too much paper outstanding - especially as it relates … Continue reading More QE Is Coming. Stagflation Is Staying.
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