August 7, 2022

Will be the Federal Reserve at the End of The Rope?

If the Given was really serious about fighting inflation, it would be rapidly shrinking the money supply.

The Federal government Reserve delivered another 75 basis point interest rate walk at its July FOMC meeting. This pushes the federal funds rate within the 2% threshold to between 2 . 25% and 2 . 5%.

The mainstream media emphasized the size of the hike. One particular headline called it “ a second super-sized hike, ” with many other mainstream commentators noting that it matched a June hike was the greatest since 1994. But it was not as big as the full 1% hike everybody thought was on the table after we got  June’s flaming hot Consumer Price Index (CPI) information .

Here is the question: has the Fed arrived at the end of its rope? Will this be the last walk in this cycle?

The corporate financial press appears to think the Fed will certainly hike again in Sept, and the central bank certainly left that impression. The  FOMC statement said   it “ anticipates that ongoing raises in the target range will be appropriate. ” Powell mentioned another “ unusually large increase” could be appropriate on the September meeting.

But the FOMC state left some wiggle room, saying, “ The Committee will be prepared to adjust the position of monetary policy because appropriate if risks arise that could impede the attainment of the Committee’s goals. ”

In other words, the particular Fed can stop hiking anytime.

The Given also indicated it considers rates are now “ correct in the range” of “ neutral. ”

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell left even more space to retreat from the inflation fights, saying there is “ significantly” more uncertainty at this time than normal and the insufficient any clear insight into the future trajectory of the economy indicates the Fed can only offer reliable policy guidance on a “ meeting by meeting” basis.

The financial markets seemed to interpret the Fed’s stance as more doveish. Stocks and shares were up, as was  gold .

The Fed might need that wiggle room.

With this seventy five basis-point hike, interest rates are now equal to the peak of the last hiking cycle in December 2018.

Passant Gardant   published a graph that will indicates the current interest rate can be above the maximum that the economic climate can handle before plunging into a recession.

As you can see, the particular peak of the rate hike cycle gets lower and lower with each subsequent tightening. No matter how emphatically Powell insists that the Fed can raise interest rates, slay inflation and bring us to some soft landing, reality says otherwise. There is nothing to prospect us to believe that the Given can get rates to 2% without crashing the bubble economy, much less hike them to 3. 5% or 4%. (And that’s not even sufficient to slay inflation. )

When interest rates reached this level within 2018, the stock market crashed and economic data went wobbly. In response, the Given reversed course and put tightening up on pause. In 2019, it cut rates three times and relaunched quantitative reducing ( although it refused to call it that . ) This all occurred long before the extraordinarily reduce monetary policy launched in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Today, there is certainly even more debt and malinvestment in the economy than there was in 2019. It seems unlikely the particular Fed can push prices any higher without a comprehensive economic meltdown. And we may already be past that time of no return. Regardless of claims to the contrary, it seems the US economy  is already in a recession   and has been all year.

The FOMC conceded that the economy seems to “ have softened. ” But the committee remains sanguine. “ Nonetheless, job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low, ” the FOMC statement said.

During his post-meeting press conference, Powell insisted the economy was not in a economic downturn. “ There are too many regions of the economy that are carrying out too well. I would point out the very strong labor market. [It is] correct that growth is decreasing. ”

As Peter Schiff noted, the particular Fed chair apparently indexed its copy of  White House talking factors   declaring that two consecutive quarters associated with negative GDP growth would not mean the economy is in a recession.

“ If you think the  Fed  is independent, today’s press conference should put that will myth to rest.   Powell  clearly got the  Biden  administration memo that  recession  is not defined by two consecutive quarters of falling  GDP. Powell even said it’s not his work to declare a economic downturn, ” Schiff said.

Powell has to downplay the GDP. In the 1st quarter of 2022, GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT came in at -1. six percent.   The Atlanta Fed projects   another -1. 2% decline in Q2. Utilizing the common definition, that would indicate we’re in a recession now, and we have been all yr.

While Powell and others keep saying the economy is strong, the only real data they consistently point to is the labor market. But the job market is a lagging indication and even it looks shaky. As Schiff pointed out during  an interview with Laura Ingraham , we’ve observed three straight weeks associated with increasing first-time jobless promises, and they’re at the highest degree since October last year.

Meanwhile, in case you look at that last job review, even though we added about 400, 000 jobs in the establishment survey, the household survey lost about that many work opportunities. But if you actually look at the job opportunities, almost all of these new careers were for people who already acquired jobs. These were people having second and third work opportunities because they’re struggling to pay the bills. And you have plenty of retirees who are being forced back into the workforce because pumpiing has eviscerated their earnings, and now they have no selection but to go to work. Therefore , these are not jobs that people want. These are jobs that individuals are forced to take because the economic climate is so weak. ”

Meanwhile, jooxie is seeing big  pullbacks in the housing market , production and retail. And the average American isn’t buying the “ economy is fine” narrative. Consumer confidence fell to  a 19-month lower in July .

This is eerily similar to the beginning of the 2008 recession when the mainstream media and federal government officials kept saying almost everything was fine even as the particular economy was going up within flames.

No Stomach for This Battle

This economy was built on easy money and financial debt. It looks like taking away the easy money punch bowl has popped the bubble. This latest rate hike will only make the rip in the bubble bigger, letting the air away even faster. It’s only a matter of time before the entire house of cards economic climate collapses.

Actually, this needs to happen. The economy needs a recession to cleanse all of the misallocations and distortions out of the economy. Yet that would mean a lot of pain. Despite the recent hikes and all of the tough talk, you have to wonder if the Given has the stomach to follow through with this inflation fight and allow the economy to accident to the ground.

For now, the central lenders at the Fed and the policymakers in DC can try to spin away the economic downturn in the hope that inflation will magically go away just before things get really bad, so they can go back to business as always. By “ business as usual, ” I mean borrowing plus spending and printing cash out of thin air.

The trajectory of balance sheet reduction reveals how the Fed doesn’t really have the particular stomach for this inflation battle.

The FOMC statement claimed that “ the Committee will carry on reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and company debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, as described in the Plans for Reducing the Size of the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet that were issued in-may. ”

The problem with this statement is that really now the end of July and the Fed still actually reducing the size of its stability as described by the strategy.

The balance sheet peaked in April from $8. 966 trillion. Since that time, the Fed has decreased the balance sheet by a simple $66 billion. That’s just 0. 74%.

The plan announced in May has been for $30 billion in US Treasuries and $17. 5 billion in mortgage-backed securities to roll off the balance sheet in 06, July and August. That will totals $45 billion each month. In September, the Fed plans to increase the pace to $95 billion per month.

At the time, We noted that this wasn’t a remarkable balance sheet roll-off provided the historically high CPI. At $95 billion each month, it would take  seven. 8 years   for the Fed to shrink its balance sheet to pre-pandemic levels. And it’s not even keeping pace with its own tepid plan.

If the Fed was really seriously interested in fighting inflation, it would be quickly shrinking the money supply.

So , the question continues to be: is the Fed at the end of the rope? And when it inevitably reaches that point will it let it go, keep tightening to combat inflation, and take the economic climate into freefall? Or will it surrender to inflation plus pivot back to easy cash and quantitative easing, allowing inflation run wild to be able to rescue the economy?

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