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Beware of the Walking Dead

In a previous article, The Fed’s Body Count, we stated: “Markets and economies, like nature itself, are beholden to a cycle, and part of the cycle involves a cleansing that allows for healthy growth in the future. Does it really make sense to prop up dead “trees” in the economy rather than allow them to fall and be used as a resource making way for new growth?” We come back to that thought in this article inspired by the notion that investors find themselves in a forest increasingly littered...

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Dollar Destruction Potential: From China ‘Outflows’ To The FOMC Considering QE5

Tucked away in a quiet little corner of the BIS publication library, a study was published in the organization’s September 2015 Quarterly Review. One of the biggest mysteries of that time was Chinese “capital flight.” It was breathtaking, and it would only get worse. What was really going on? Many if not most mainstream stories focused on capital restrictions. There were plenty of published anecdotes about how wealthy Chinese billionaires were, by hook or by crook, trying to get their money...

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Investors Are Grossly Underestimating The Fed – RIA Pro UNLOCKED

 If you think the Fed may only lower rates by .50 or even .75, you may be grossly underestimating them.  The following article was posted for RIA Pro subscribers two weeks ago. For more research like this as well as daily commentary, investment ideas, portfolios, scanning and analysis tools, and our new 401K manager sign up today at RIA Pro and test drive our site for 30 days before being charged. Currently, the December 2019 Fed Funds futures contract implies that the Fed will reduce the...

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Market Implications For Removing Fed Chair Powell

John Kelly – White House Chief of Staff James Mattis – Secretary of Defense Jeff Sessions – Attorney General Rex Tillerson – Secretary of State Gary Cohn – Chief Economic Advisor Steve Bannon – White House Chief Strategist Anthony Scaramucci – White House Communications Director Reince Priebus – White House Chief of Staff Sean Spicer – White House Press Secretary James Comey – FBI Director “Every week is shark week in the Trump White House,” wrote The Hill contributing author Brad Bannon in...

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Still Patient?

Overview:  Risk-taking was bolstered by the dramatic shift in Draghi's rhetoric less than two weeks after the ECB meeting and a Trump's tweet announcing that there was going to be an  "extended" meeting between him and Xi at the G20 meeting and that the respective staff would begin coordinating.  It was later confirmed by the Chinese media.  Today's focus is on the FOMC.  Barring a rate cut that would surprise, the focus is the extent to which the statement and Powell manage market...

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Chairman Powell – You’re Fired (Update)

Since President Trump first discussed firing Jerome Powell, out of a sense of frustration that his Fed Chair pick was not dovish enough, he has regularly expressed his displeasure at Powell’s lack of willingness to do whatever it takes to keep the economy booming beyond its potential. Strong economic growth serves Trump well as it boosts the odds of winning a second term. This thought of firing the Fed Chair took an interesting turn yesterday when Mario Draghi, Jerome Powell’s counter-part in...

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Curve-sanity

There are those which are so very clear in their disingenuousness – to the point of overdoing it and becoming obviously absurd. In the increasingly desperate rush to downplay the headlong race to rate cuts, this one’s up there: Eurodollar futures traders, having decided that the Federal Reserve is likely to cut the fed funds target range at least twice over the next six months, are looking beyond the expected easing cycle in search of their next edge — the point at which rates will...

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Bills, Beige, And the Consequences of the Disappeared Labor Shortage

Early last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate in the United States had fallen to just 3.6%. It was the lowest in half a century, seemingly an amazing feat for the most puzzling boom ever conceived. Everyone says it is going gangbusters, but is everyone saying so simply because everyone says so? This one statistic is the key piece of evidence for something more tangible. The problem is that it is not unassailable. There are flaws in its design,...

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How Do You Get A September Rate Cut?

When the eurodollar futures curve first inverted a year ago in the wake of May 29, 2018, it was the market beginning to hedge against serious and rising risks of something that would force the Federal Reserve to turn around. When that might happen, or how many cuts would eventually follow, those were questions the immediate inversion couldn’t answer. All the curve said at that point was a serious chance Jay Powell was going to be forced into an involuntarily U-turn at some indeterminate...

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The Transitory Story, I Repeat, The Transitory Story

Understand what the word “transitory” truly means in this context. It is no different than Ben Bernanke saying, essentially, subprime is contained. To the Fed Chairman in early 2007, this one little corner of the mortgage market in an otherwise booming economy was a transitory blip that booming economy would easily withstand. Just eight days before Bernanke would testify confidently before Congress, the FOMC had met to discuss their lying eyes. The eurodollar futures market was, in the...

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