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Category Archives: Federal funds rate

Don’t Fight the Fed

Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s Treasury Secretary, in his first “Report on the Public Credit” in 1790, put forth the concepts of “assumption” and “redemption.” He argued that the federal government should assume the Revolutionary War debt and pay those debts at “face value”  in full to the bearers of such debt on demand. In order […]

Trump Met With Janet Yellen; Meeting Lasted 30 Minutes

The anticipated meeting between president Trump and Janet Yellen has concluded, and according to Fox News, it lasted no more than 30 minutes, running from 2:00PM to 2;30PM, or barely enough for Trump to stop patting himself on the back about the yuuge Dow Jones rally under his presidency. #BreakingNews WH official tells me Janet […]

“The Fed Is Afraid…”

Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute, Janet Yellen this week cast doubt on the Fed's announced plan to continue Fed rate hikes and reverse its years of "unconventional" monetary policy.  “My colleagues and I may have misjudged the strength of the labor market,” Yellen announced on Tuesday, adding that they'd also misjudged "the […]

Fed’s Kaplan Makes A Stark Admission: Equilibrium Rate May Be As Low As 0.25%

As we have hammered away at for years, “the math doesn’t work”, and it appears The Fed just admitted it. In a stunning admission that i) US economic potential is lower than consensus assumes and ii) that the Fed is finally considering the gargantuan US debt load in its interest rate calculations, moments ago the […]

“So What Did We Learn From Yellen?”: Deutsche, Goldman Explain

For those still unsure what Yellen’s rambling, disjointed press conference meant yesterday, or are still in shock over the Fed’s admitted confusion by the “mystery” that is inflation, here is a quick recap courtesy of Deutsche Bank and Goldman, explaining what we (probably) learned from the Fed and Yellen yesterday. First, here is DB’s Jim […]

Fed Begins Balance Sheet Unwind, Expects One More Rate Hike In 2017

Today's the day. On Nov 25, 2008 The Fed announced it would begin buying assets for its own account to save the world. In Oct 2014, The Fed ended its QE3 buying program but continued to reinvest the proceeds to maintain its $4.4 trillion balance sheet. Today, Janet Yellen announced the balance sheet will be […]

Full Preview Of Tomorrow’s “Historic” FOMC Meeting

It is virtually guaranteed that tomorrow the FOMC will make history by officially announcing the Fed’s plan to begin shrinking its balance sheet through the gradual phasing out of bond reinvestments, which however in a world in which other central banks continue to pump $125 billion per month, will hardly by noticed by markets at […]

How Much Is Too Much?

Authored by Michael Lebowitz via 720Global.com, The amount of monetary stimulus increasingly imposed on the financial system creates false signals about the economy’s true growth rate, causing a vast misallocation of capital, impaired productivity and weakened economic activity. To help quantify the amount of stimulus, please consider the graph below. Data Courtesy: Federal Reserve Federal […]

Weekend Reading: Yellen Lets Doves Fly

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestment Advice.com, As I noted in yesterday’s missive, Yellen’s recent testimony on Capitol Hill sent robots frantically chasing asset prices on Thursday even before testimony began. The catalyst was the release of prepared testimony which included this one single sentence: “Because the neutral rate is currently quite low by historical […]