201801.29
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Globally Synchronized What?

In one of those rare turns, the term “globally synchronized growth” actually means what the words do. It is economic growth that for the first time in ten years has all the major economies of the world participating in it. It’s the kind of big idea that seems like a big thing we all should…

201801.10
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No, No, This 2% Is Different From All Those Others

The TIPS market corollary to interest rate case impatience is overhyping any round number that might in isolation appear to confirm the bias. To reiterate the mistaken assumption: if you believe that economic growth just happens, then given how much time has passed since that was true or apparent you have to believe each long…

201705.19
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A Lousy State

I don’t pay much attention to the 2 year part of the UST curve because I think it is susceptible to information spoilage, distortions that aren’t strictly related to what a “risk-free” 2s should tell us. But as my colleague Joe Calhoun often reminds me, just because I don’t think it as important doesn’t mean…

201704.25
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More Small Things

On April 23, 2015, the US Treasury auctioned off $18 billion in inflation-indexed bonds maturing in April 2020. These 5-year TIPS stopped out at the lowest yield for that particular security class in almost a year before then. Coming as it did during the spring of 2015, it was met with the usual textbook applied…

201704.21
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TIPping Points?

The Federal Reserve’s complete change last year wasn’t something that happened all at once. There were several hints that a lot was going on behind the scenes that may never become public, including five years (now four) down the road when the full policy transcripts are released to the public. There was more interest in…

201703.23
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Stuck In Yesterday

It is understandable why everyone is right now fixated on Washington. The repeal, or not, of Obamacare is, to paraphrase former Vice President Biden, a big deal. In terms of market expectations, it is difficult to discern by how much. That was to be, after all, but one step of several reductions to the administrative…

201610.25
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Admitting Wrong May Be Better But It Still Doesn’t Equate To Suddenly Being Effective

In early July, the Bank of Japan may or may not have contemplated the mother of all “stimulus.” Rumors began to fly that the Japanese central bank was, in fact, seriously considering an actual monetary helicopter as a way to boost flagging confidence rightly suspicious of any more QQE (or NIRP). We won’t know for…

201610.17
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The BLS Intoxication Of Unreasonable Inflation Devotion

Woe to the unemployment rate. Without it so much confusion and angst might have been avoided, though admittedly that more realistic view would have been itself darker but at least clear. In August 2014, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer unleashed a brief but powerful storm of realism upon the bubble of monetary policy. Perhaps…

201610.14
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Turning Again To Inflation Expectations

I generally shy away from sentiment surveys as almost a rule because I believe they are more often than not misleading. The various indices of consumer confidence fall into that categorization, especially over the past few years. According to many, consumer confidence is back to where it was during the housing bubble even though by…

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More Data For The ‘Data Dependent’ To Ignore

The University of Michigan released its September update for their surveys of consumers. The overall index of consumer “sentiment” was unchanged from August at 89.8, and up just 3% from last September. This “confidence” index peaked in January 2015 at 98.1 and has been sideways to lower ever since. Most of the internals were practically…