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The Only People Who Don’t (Want To) See It

By |2018-09-17T19:42:15+00:00September 17th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

If everything was going to plan, non-standard monetary policy at the zero lower bound (QE) would have raised inflation expectations increasing the level of aggregate demand as businesses and consumers ramped up their activities in anticipation of higher costs. The more this “overheating” goes on, the more forceful it becomes. Eventually, by virtue of the [...]

Yes, Sweden Is A Domino

By |2018-09-12T12:17:39+00:00September 12th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Over the weekend, another European nation turned toward the populist direction. It was enough to get one’s attention when Italy did it, but Sweden is something else altogether. The country has been long held out as an exemplar of everything that is right with globalization. They have industry, youth, etc. How in the world could [...]

Prefiguring The Expected Expectations Fail

By |2018-09-10T18:24:12+00:00September 10th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets, Stocks|

The Boston Fed held its 62nd Annual Economic Conference over the weekend. Not quite as well-known as the KC Fed’s Jackson Hole symposium, this Eastern branch’s meeting still attracts many big-name speakers. The “right” speakers, that is, meaning academic and mainstream bank Economists, supranational think tank thinkers, as well as current and former central bankers. [...]

ECB At A (Familiar) Crossroads

By |2018-08-31T17:05:54+00:00August 31st, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

If Brazilian central bankers are the standard for illicit shamelessness, their European counterparts are at least on the same spectrum. At the end of April, the European Central Bank’s President Mario Draghi took his shot at purposeful mischaracterization. Speaking to the press after the ECB’s Governing Council meeting had concluded, Draghi had been forced to [...]

The Conspicuous Consistency of Curves

By |2018-08-20T17:03:19+00:00August 20th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It’s not that curves are flattening. It’s where they are. There’s really no mystery surrounding any of this. The “conundrum” arrives only when starting from the orthodox perspective; the one derived from Economists even though they don’t understand the bond market in the slightest. Short-term rates tend to “obey” central bank signals because central banks [...]

Deflationary Decade(s)

By |2018-08-06T16:44:09+00:00August 6th, 2018|Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

I’ve seen a lot of commentary lately describe conditions as if things are calmed down. There was a bit of growth scare, a little T-bill indigestion earlier in the year. The Chinese are somehow both stimulating their export sector by devaluing CNY, and also controlling the price of gold while they do it. The contradictory [...]