federal funds

Chicken Hawks

By |2018-09-26T18:23:47+00:00September 26th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

There had been whispers that the FOMC would have to undertake a second “technical adjustment” this year. Is it coincidence that the eurodollar futures curve inverted on the same day, June 13, Jay Powell announced the first one? Perhaps, but given what we are talking about here there is a fair chance they are related, [...]

Monetary Hierarchy, Independence, And Shaming Greenspan Yet Again

By |2018-09-21T17:30:01+00:00September 21st, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

In June 2003, while discussing the vote that would take the federal funds rate to its then-lowest point, 1%, Alan Greenspan committed what may have been the greatest monetary sin of modern times. The focus for much of the discussion was Japan, that country’s central bank pioneering at that early date all the things the [...]

Anticipating How Welcome This Second Deluge Will Be

By |2018-08-28T16:36:39+00:00August 28th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Effective federal funds (EFF) was 1.92% again yesterday. That’s now eight in a row just 3 bps underneath the “technically adjusted” IOER. If indeed the FOMC has to make another one to this tortured tool we know already who will be blamed for it. The Treasury Department announced yesterday that it will be auctioning off [...]

Fundamental, Not Technical

By |2018-08-27T12:07:50+00:00August 27th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

On June 13, the day the eurodollar futures curve inverted, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell was at his regularly scheduled press conference following the regularly scheduled FOMC meeting. Nobody asked him about eurodollar futures, of course, because why bring that up? The press did inquire about IOER, though. The Fed had decided to make a [...]

EFF Watch, Or Is It IOER Watch?

By |2018-06-22T16:09:37+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

How bereft of ideas might they have to be to fall back on IOER? It’s scandalous, really. But the Federal Reserve in terms of intellectual property belongs on the TV program Hoarders. They never throw anything away, so attached do they become to whatever ineffective idea implemented at any time. Practical experience is in their [...]