Tag: U.S. economy

What Would Cause The Fed To Pivot?

What Would Cause The Fed To Pivot?

Credit Markets (Yes): A liquidity crisis would cause the Fed to pivot. If the credit markets seized up the Fed would intervene. Market intervention is after all the Fed's operating model (as is the case for all central banks). Consumers and investors would have to lose confidence in the U.S. Economy to the point where … Continue reading What Would Cause The Fed To Pivot?

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

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.

More Layoffs Are Coming

More Layoffs Are Coming

Inflation, interest rates and OpEx are climbing while demand softens for many companies. One glance at the table below shows that layoffs over the past two months are fairly widespread across industries. We believe that more layoffs are coming as inflation and interest rates rise. Rates will accelerate higher in June should the Fed make … Continue reading More Layoffs Are Coming

The U.S. Economy Is Long-Term Fragile

The U.S. Economy Is Long-Term Fragile

We do not believe that investors fully appreciate how fragile the U.S. economy is. Our view is that the U.S. economy is in a recession and that this period will be followed by long-term muted growth given: 1.) the enormous U.S. Government debt load ($30.4 trillion), 2.) persistent price inflation, 3.) a consumption-driven economy rather … Continue reading The U.S. Economy Is Long-Term Fragile

The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Exposes A Significant Economic and National Security Risk

The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Exposes A Significant Economic and National Security Risk

We have written numerous articles about the risks associated with legacy technologies from a cybersecurity perspective. It seems Colonial Pipeline got off easy in its recent ransomware cyberattack. The economic and national security impact would have been significant if an enemy state decided to corrupt Colonial's systems in such a manner so as to prevent … Continue reading The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Exposes A Significant Economic and National Security Risk

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

When You Are Your Biggest Customer

When You Are Your Biggest Customer

The U.S. is similar to a legacy Technology company whose best days are in the rear view mirror. A telltale sign of this reality is that fact that the Federal Reserve is the largest buyer of U.S. Treasuries. There was a time when Japan and China were the largest holders of U.S. Treasury securities. Today, … Continue reading When You Are Your Biggest Customer

Markets Are Poised To Grind Lower

Markets Are Poised To Grind Lower

It is going to take several years for the U.S. economy to recover back to 2019 levels. 2019 is a low bar in our view as that economy - much like the present one - was debt-fueled, deficit-ridden and plagued by artificially low interest rates. These factors in the aggregate have stymied sustainable, real economic … Continue reading Markets Are Poised To Grind Lower