A Slower Economy, Lower Inflation The Odds of a June Rate Cut Are Significant

During the last week in March, there were several significant foreclosures (hundreds of millions of dollars per property). They included properties in SanFrancisco and Mountain View, CA, a large complex in Washingdon, D.C., and a medical office building (still under construction) in the southern part of Florida.   Leveraged loan delinquencies now exceed 6% (normal is […]

“Higher for Longer” Rates Have Risks – Especially for Banks

As expected, at its recently concluded March meeting, the Fed stood pat on interest rates. Of greater interest, the “dot-plot,” a picture of FOMC thinking about rates over the next two years, stayed at three cuts for 2024. Looking at the chart (the 2024 column), the median dot is 4.625%. That is a 75 basis […]

Headline Data Look “Strong,” But Contradictions Abound

The January Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) number was always destined to be a market mover, especially after Fed Chair Powell said that, while the Fed will be lowering rates in 2024, March was not their base case. The +353K NFP number (consensus was +185K) with December’s number revised up to 333K from 216K, and the +0.6% […]

Markets Pay Little Attention to Emerging Data That is, Until They Do

The S&P 500 hit an all-time high on Thursday (January 25) on the heels of an unexpectedly robust +3.3% annualized growth rate of real GDP for Q4. Market expectations had been for a +2.0% print, and even the normally optimistic Atlanta Fed GDP Now model was only calling for +2.3% The chart shows the sources […]