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Category Archives: Monetary Policy

BIS Lists The Four Biggest Threats Facing The Global Economy

After years of fire and brimstone sermons, also known as the Bank of International Settlements’ annual reports delivered with doom and gloomy aplomb by Jaime Caruana (the 2014 report, in which the BIS was shocked at how broken the market has become, was a particular favorite) who year after year warned about the adverse side-effects […]

An Open Letter To The Fed’s William Dudley

Authored by MN Gordon via EconomicPrism.com, Dear Mr. Dudley, Your recent remarks in the wake of last week’s FOMC statement were notably unhelpful. In particular, your excuses for further rate hikes to prevent crashing unemployment and rising inflation stunk of rotten eggs. Crashing Unemployment Quite frankly, crashing unemployment is a construct that’s new to popular […]

Exposing Our Lawless Central Bank

Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute, The economic arguments against central banks are numerous to say the least. Through the writings of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard we have a wide variety of critiques that explain the many ways the central banks distort economies, cause booms and busts, punish savers, and chose […]

Former Fed Governor: “The Fed Isn’t As Independent As Many Think”

With every passing day, the Fed is slowly losing the game, a point made earlier today by SocGen’s Albert Edwards who wrotes that “Citizens Will Soon Turn Their Rage Towards Central Bankers.” And it is not just skeptical pundits, and former (and in some cases current) Fed presidents admitting central banks are increasingly powerless to […]

“The Hope Trade” Is Over: BofA Slashes Its 2017 GDP Forecast To Just 2.1%

First they came for the Trump Trade… then they came for the hope. And, as a result, BofA has thrown in the towel on its economic rebound for this year. As BofA’s Michelle Meyer writes, “Hopes for a big fiscal stimulus have faded, prompting us to revise our 2018 GDP growth forecast to 2.1%, down […]

How Central Banks Intend To Fight CryptoCurrencies

Submitted by Louis Cammarosano of Smaulgld * * * Based on remarks to Bundesbank Policy Symposium in a Speech “Frontiers in Central Banking – Past, Present and Future” contain clues of the battleplan. What if they fail? As cryptocurrencies, which trade outside the banking system attract more capital, governments and central banks are devising ways […]

One Trader Is Stunned By The “Staggering” Confusion In The Market

Wherever one looks there are disconnects… between bonds and stocks, between risk and uncertainty, between hope and reality. But, as former fund manager Richard Breslow notes, most critically, there is a divergence between data and Fed actions, and this time is different as central banks appear to have shifted into 'whatever it takes' to tighten […]

Clarity Or Confusion At The Fed

Authored by 720Global's Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, “Are you kidding? Are you kidding? No one knows what you’re doing.”    – Economist John Taylor in response to William Dudley’s (President Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Vice Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee) comment that the Federal Reserve (Fed) has been very clear in […]

When Doves Fly – Bond Market Turbulence Ahead – by Michael Carino

  It is largely acknowledged that after a decade of unprecedented monetary accommodation in the US and abroad, bond markets are extremely overvalued.  Globally, central banks are trying to slowly deflate this bubble but the beast created is not easily broken.  A decade of manipulating bond prices has created a small consortium of large balance […]

SocGen: The Fed Is Raising Rates Too Slowly To Contain Asset Bubbles

Yesterday, when looking at the divergence between the slowing US economy and the Fed’s insistence on hiking rates, Bank of America’s David Woo asked if there is a different motive behind the Fed’s tightening intentions, namely is the Fed trying to pop the market asset bubble: “Can it be the case that its hawkishness was […]