201604.25
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Pseudo Recovery

There has always been something off about the housing rebound from the depths of the crash. It was, of course, aided in good part by various QE’s that had the effect of skewing marginal benefits of the housing recovery to “investors” and especially institutional investors with the best, cheapest access to credit. From a cycle…

201511.18
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Another Instance of The Lost Recovery/Economy

The poor and impoverished state of the world is no true wonder given those that have claimed for themselves the “duty” of exceedingly routine disruption and wholesale distrust of markets in favor of their own very narrow interests and abilities. These are the people that give us such incompetence passing as expert and “useful” central…

201511.13
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Production Discounting Globally Suggest US Consumers In Deepening Recession

When addressing the inability of monetary policy to actually produce its “inflation” target, the FOMC has been left to hiding. They fully and openly admit the role of oil prices in the depression of calculated inflation starting late 2014 because they reason that it somehow doesn’t apply strictly within their mandate (as if it was…

201511.13
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The Common Economy of 2015

With financial markets sharply glued to the “dollar’s” renewed mischief, that means everything lies at the feet of the global economy. The US economy is supposed to be the one colorful and lively example in that otherwise souring picture, even if it has been temporarily pushed from ideal. In fact, despite all that has happened…

201511.05
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Like ‘Inflation’, US Trade Betrays Core Monetarism

Much like global “inflation”, if you set out to find global “demand” you will be hard pressed to find it.  QE was supposed to be a huge boost to aggregate demand, through inflation expectations, yet the score in 2015 is hugely negative.  Overseas problems are not unfortunately so remote, despite all mainstream protestations, as you…

201509.03
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ECB QE Faces Reality

I don’t think Mario Draghi panicked, but China is as good a scapegoat as any at the moment. The ECB’s intended adjustment in the PSPP (QE) is cosmetic, but then again QE itself is pretty much only that to begin with. It seems pretty obvious given the desperate lack of any positive impact from it…

201508.31
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The Age of Voodoo

The Jackson Hole gathering may end up providing at least some clarification, but not even close to the manner in which everyone seems intent on inferring. With Janet Yellen’s notable absence, there isn’t the same sort of celebrity about what would have been the media hanging upon every word; that is, after all, what the…

201508.03
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China Is Much More Than the PMI

The problem with sentiment surveys is, as I am becoming a broken record, that they don’t often mean what they are taken to mean. At best, they are relative measures of changes and potentially, if captured and refigured just right, inflections. With innumerable problems encapsulated into not just their construction but the idea of a…

201507.07
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Despite All Theoretical Assurances, Still Toward Contraction

If one were to measure the US economy by what it is, right now, there would be so little growth or activity as to question the actual cycle. In fact, about the only factor that seems to be out of recession is the expectation for the second half of the year (which is already trimmed…

201507.02
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One Of These PMI’s Is Not Like The Others

The ISM Manufacturing PMI for June was up to 53.5 which was the best monthly showing this year. That has been taken as inarguable insistence that the US factory sector is doing what economists expect, even though 53.5 is significantly below both June 2014 and the 12-month average (which includes four months beginning February below…