Fed Actions (Inactions) are Key to the Economic Outlook

Over the past week or so, we’ve seen some backup in market interest rates. The 10-Year Treasury yield (chart) closed at a 4.15% on Friday (January 19), up 21 basis points from its 3.94% level a week earlier, and 3.79% on December 26th. The rise in market rates was mainly due to the hawkish tone […]

As Inflation Recedes, Will the Fed Act in Time?

The CPI for December was slightly hotter than expected, up +0.3% from November (which in turn only rose +0.1%). The market expectation was for a +0.2% number. As a result, the headline CPI, which looks back 12 months, kicked up to 3.3% in December from November’s 3.1% read. The Core CPI (ex-food and energy), however, […]

In 2024, Expect Lower Interest Rates & Lower Inflation

As we entered 2023, households were still flush with the cash from government handouts, the economy was healthy, the federal government was still running a significant deficit, and interest rates, while rising, had not yet been restrictive long enough to slow the economy. Real (inflation adjusted) GDP grew at an annualized rate of 3.0% for […]

Finally! The Fed Recognizes Inflation’s Retreat Financial Markets Celebrate

Despite the fact that markets were 90%+ certain that the Fed was done hiking, both the equity and fixed-income markets were surprised that the hawkishness, that had been so prevalent for the past 18 months, had completely disappeared. We were surprised, too! The dovish policy statement and Chair Powell’s demeanor complemented each other. We think […]

Despite “Strong” Jobs Report, Recession Still Locked In

November’s jobs report surprised to the upside. Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) rose +199k, close to the +185k consensus view. But, it was the sister survey, the Household Survey (HS), that shocked the financial markets, as it rose +747k, more than doubly offsetting its -348k fall in October. So, it isn’t a surprise that the Unemployment Rate […]