Non-Farm Payrolls Mislead

The Labor Market is Weakening; Inflation is Falling The big economic news of the week was the +272K rise in Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP)(released on Friday, June 7). Expectations were for a number in the +180K range, so, a pretty big beat. Another data point upsetting markets (and likely the Fed) was the hottish average hourly […]

The Fed: “We Don’t Talk About Rate Cuts – No! No! No!”

The title of this blog was inspired by Disney’s Encanto, a story about a family living in a charmed villa in the mountains of Columbia. Cracks begin to appear in the foundation of the grand villa, and it is Bruno, an ostracized family member, who holds the key to stop the foundation from crumbling. The […]

Recession: The Stars Continue to Align

The oft forecasted Recession hasn’t yet appeared. Has it been avoided (i.e., “soft-landing”)? A look at the growing evidence leads us to conclude that the Recession is coming; we suspect that when the NBER gets around to dating it, this quarter (Q4) will mark its beginning. The first evidence of this showed up in the […]

The Recession Will Bring Deflation

If there ever was a competition for a company that most reflected the state of the economy, FedEx would be in the final four. In Q1, its revenues fell -10%, and earnings were off -28%. On top of that, they guided even lower than the already reduced market estimates. Nevertheless, the media and Wall Street […]

More Proof: Deflation Is The Future

Consumer Prices The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose +0.4% in April (4.95% Y/Y). Core services (ex-housing), an important sub-index for the Fed, came in a little hot at +0.4% M/M (vs. +0.3% in March). In our view, this alone isn’t likely to cause the Fed to raise the Fed Funds rate yet again when it […]