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 […]

Fed’s Dilemma – Hotter Inflation & a Cooling Economy + Why Inflation is so Hateful

Inflation was the main concern of markets this week. On Tuesday (March 12th) Consumer Prices (CPI) came in slightly hot, but within market expectations. As a result, the financial markets took the report in stride and equities rallied. The problem was Thursday’s Producer Price Index (PPI), an index that is a leading indicator of future […]

Don’t be Fooled – The Macro-Economic Picture is Deteriorating

Once again, the Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) number, at +275K, was well above the consensus +200K estimate. But, that’s where the good news ended. The sister survey, the Household Survey (HS), reported a fall in the number of jobs of -184K. The HS is used to calculate the Unemployment Rate. Since the labor force did not […]