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Ring, Ring, Hündchen

They really do seem to love Jay Powell’s announcement effect, these Germans. Magic words, no relation to what’s actually done only what’s said. Confirming in every way what I wrote yesterday, the psychology of money-less monetary policy being acted out exactly according to the plan. Central bankers do, those trained by Economics schools respond in predictable fashion.Pavlov is in awe of Greenspan’s perpetuated ability.It does make sense, no matter how grossly unattractive and intellectually...

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Synchronized, Like A Cheap Imported Suit

Trading partners like Mexico didn’t have a labor participation problem by which to hide the economic downturn last year. The whole idea of “decoupling” in the 2018 sense of the word was how the US economy, by virtue of its 50-year low unemployment rate, couldn’t possibly be as weak as it increasingly appeared overseas. The US was good, they kept saying. If there was a problem it was China. And Germany. South Korea. Japan. South America. All of Europe. Mexico, too.The truth was more...

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Just One More And Q1 Will Be A Clean Sweep Of Fragility

The Japanese went ahead with it anyway. Real GDP had bounced back, sort of, from a near recession in 2018. Central bankers at the Bank of Japan had reassured Shinzo Abe that the economy was on the mend. Therefore, the second round of the VAT tax hike, an imposition which had been postponed since 2015, could go ahead in 2019. The government had put it off long enough. In this way, Japan made the same mistake late last year about the tax everyone made this year about the pandemic response....

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What’s *Really* Going On In China?

Questioning the veracity of Chinese estimates (for anything) has always been something of an amateur sport. For a stat like real GDP, everyone “knows” that it is managed. In a complex world where an economic system for a billion and a half is incomprehensibly unpredictable, there’s really no other way to always hit your government’s mark (unless the Chinese are using the same accountants and corporate managers who likewise manage to “beat” their quarterly EPS by $0.01 every time).The world...

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A(nother) Recovery In Apology Only

It’s nothing more than pedigree, having little to do with actual performance. Central bankers are given a level of respect and even admiration suited only to their job title. As such, they travel the world as honored guests to fulfill the insatiable demand for their takes on essential matters no matter how far off the mark.Only rarely is there occasion for useful information.One of those was August 2014. Stanley Fischer who was then Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve found himself in...

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Stagnation Never Looked So Good: A Peak Ahead

Forward-looking data is starting to trickle in. Germany has been a main area of interest for us right from the beginning, and by beginning I mean Euro$ #4 rather than just COVID-19. What has happened to the German economy has ended up happening everywhere else, a true bellwether especially manufacturing and industry. The latest sentiment figures from ZEW as well as IFO are sobering. Taking the former first, it had been quite buoyant last year on the false promises, I believe, of last year’s...

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What Happens When Central Banks Buy Stocks (ETFs)? Well, We Already Know

Can we please dispense with all notions that monetary policy works? Specifically balance sheet expansion via any scale asset purchase programs. Nowhere has that been more apparent than Japan. Go back and reread all the promised benefits from BoJ’s Big Bang QQE that were confidently written in 2013. The biggest bazooka ever conceived has fallen short in every conceivable way. Starting with the fact QQE remains ongoing approaching its seventh birthday. Over here in the real world, if you have...

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Japanese Data: Much More In Store For Number Four

They put it off so long they backed themselves into this corner. The Japanese government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had originally scheduled two VAT tax hikes as part of the rollout for Abenomics. It would be inflationary and fiscally responsible all in one pass. To make sure Japan’s perpetually struggling economy could absorb any fallout from them while still moving forward there would be “stimulus” just to make sure. The first tax hike took place as scheduled in April 2014. QQE was...

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As the Data Comes In, 2019 Really Did End Badly

The coronavirus began during December, but in its early stages no one knew a thing about it. It wasn’t until January 1 that health authorities in China closed the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market after initially determining some wild animals sold there might have been the source of a pneumonia-like outbreak. On January 5, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission issued a statement saying it wasn’t SARS or MERS, and that the spreading disease would be probed. In other words, you can’t blame...

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Don’t Forget Europe

According to Eurostat last week, Europe’s win streak reached 27 quarters in Q4 2019. If you count winning solely by the sign in front of quarterly GDP changes, then Mario Draghi handed off to Christine Lagarde an expansion just one quarter shy of seven years. It’s supposed to be impressive. Lagarde, however, begins her tenure in very much the same way as Draghi began his. Europe’s economy just barely kept the streak alive. Eurostat’s preliminary estimates show real GDP in the EA19 increased...

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