Federal Reserve Interest Rate News & Analysis

Federal Reserve (FED): Interest Rate News & Analysis

Central Banks Fundamental Outlook

BankRateChange *Date of changeNext MeetingInflation TargetExpectation
Federal Reserve (FED)0.25%-10015-Mar-2022-Sep-212%4
European Central Bank (ECB)0.00%-510-Mar-169-Sep-213%2
Bank of England (BoE)0.10%-1519-Mar-2023-Sep-212%3
Bank of Canada (BoC)0.25%-5027-Mar-208-Sep-212% +/- 1% 3
Bank of Japan (BoJ)-0.10%-1029-Jan-1622-Sep-212%1
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)0.10%-153-Nov-207-Sep-212%-3%1
Reserve Bank of New Zeeland (RBNZ)0.25%-7516-Mar-206-Oct-212% +/- 1%4
Swiss National Bank (SNB)-0.75%-5015-Jan-1523-Sep-21<2%3

* The latest change in the policy rate in basis points


Fed Powell hike as expected 75bps but sentiment is 💪 Risk-OFF

Fed Powell hike as expected 75bps but sentiment is 💪 Risk-OFF

The US dollar hit fresh lows during Powell's conference but reversed when he said that “the ultimate level of rates will be higher” than previously anticipated. That means the +5% rate is back on the table. The statement “We have a ways to go on rates” probably most important statement from speech  changed market sentiment, stocks shifted to downside and USD was higher in the day

 

Below most important statements from Powell

  • We're saying we will hike to a level that's sufficiently restrictive to tame inflation
  • The ultimate top is 'very uncertain' but CPI and labor data suggests to me it will be higher than previously thought
  • The time to slow the pace of hikes could be at the next meeting or the one after that. It will be discussed at the next meeting
  • I don't think we've overtightened
  • We had a discussion at this meeting about slowing rate hikes
  • Long term inflation expectations have moved back down
  • We don't have a lot of data on how quickly rate hikes hit an economy in a modern economy
  • If we were to over-tighten, we could use our tools to support the economy
  • It is very premature to think about pausing
  • "We have a ways to go" on rates

 

Read all statement here 

Markets saw 50 basis points in December vs. 75. They could see the finish line for the tightening cycle after two Feed Meetings.

In conclusion inflation is not dead & employment remains strong that means we will not see a policy pivot point next two FED sessions. Negative for stocks positive for the Dollar
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How to Protect against Strong Inflationary Environment and Higher Interest Rates?

How to Protect against Strong Inflationary Environment and Higher Interest Rates?

After big rates hike by FED and ECB, investors are hoping that in the following year, central banks will start to normalize rates, therefore Stock market show a bounce back (SPX is near 4.000).

We think it’s a short-lived bounce but a good opportunity for a Risk-Off trade. We see volatility ahead, after rate hikes, because central banks (FED & ECB) are captive to higher inflation. But inflation is caused by production constraints, wars - and rate rises don’t fix these. If inflation was caused by higher demand, than a rate hike, normally, will have a better outcome.

Getting inflation down to the magical number of 2% would mean recession without any doubt and first half year is showing us that GDP is crushed with a 1.6% contraction. Monetary policy is working with delays and the economy is just feeling the effects of one of the most aggressive hiking cycles in history. Stocks rallied 2-4% each of the last four times, the FED hiked interest rates only to fall in the following weeks. Stocks are still expensive and financial results are disappointing, but investors are thinking that this is the bottom, but we cannot embrace this idea. We will face ugly consequences because interest rates were kept too low for too long time (over a decade), central bankers are responsible for the fact that right now we have a bubble on each economy branch.

Mr. Powel must act in same way as Volcker did few decades ago in 1979 and hike until inflation will land to normal values. His last speech was a hint to more rate hikes.

Do you believe that we will face a soft landing as Powell said few weeks ago?

We believe that we will face a soft landing in the same way that inflation was transitory” last year, according to Powell (just read our January 2022 article at: https://topfxinvest.com/blog/thoughts-about-the-2022-bear-market). Mr. Powell also opined that we aren’t in a recession, demonstrating again that the leader of the most powerful central bank in the world is the last person you would want to ask about the economy. Last week, economy suffered its second consecutive quarter of negative real growth and there is little reason to expect the third quarter will be any better.

Natixis Investments Managers see higher risks of a recession in the last survey. 64% said that recession is a distinct probability, and 24% said that recession it’s inevitable. Almost six in ten (58%) believe value will continue to outperform growth for at least a few more months, while nearly one-quarter (24%) think value will be on top for a few more years.

“The End of an Era

Strategists see a world that has changed dramatically in the past six months. After a decade in which the easy money provided by quantitative easing, low rates, and low inflation propelled markets to positive gains in seven out of ten years, the world is moving on. This next normal is marked with greater volatility and greater uncertainty. The big question for most investors may well be: How long will it last?”

Natixis Managers Survey

If you want to read more about the survey: https://www.im.natixis.com/us/markets/the-end-of-easy-money

Inflation is a brutal and merciless way of resolving structural debt & imbalances of corrupted governments. We see potentially multiple series of inflation & deflationary cycles within short time frames (six month & two years) that will cause huge volatility.

According to CNBC, inflation is a top problem in US.

CNBC Inflation is a top problem

Traditional investing style (60% stocks + 40% bonds) it’s not a solution today, because bond’s market is underperforming and stocks are crushed.

Wall street Journal investing style bonds and stocks

Market crush

How to protect your portfolio during these times?!

We can protect from the financial storm that is arriving by choosing the best stocks & ETFs from few market segments that will perform in difficult times:

Commodities: since prices already dropped off and would be a good hedge against risk-off tone. Symbols: CRN, DCUSAS, WY

Carbon Emission: KRBN, CARB, GRN, NETZ

Consumer Staples Funds: WCOS, XLP, VDC, FSTA, YI 111, INC, IBA, IMB

Real Estate REIT: STOR, O, NNN, SRC, UBA, ID.UN, APR.UN

Precious METALS: ZGLDUS, ZSILUS

Low debt & Cash flow Green Energy Stocks

 

You must avoid at any price Growth Stocks & Crypto Markets.

 

 

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FED Hikes Rates with another 75 bp as expected

FED Hikes Rates with another 75 bp as expected

The vote was unanimous because FOMC is “strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 percent objective”. Spending and Productions have softened but job gains was robust recent months. Balance sheet reduction ongoing as planned.


Summary from Powel

  • Inflation is much too high
  • There is still additional upward pressure on inflation
  • We're highly attentive to inflation risks
  • We are looking for compelling evidence of inflation coming down
  • Although prices for some commodities have turned down, earlier surge has boosted prices and inflation pressure
  • Inflation has surprised to the upside in the past year so we will need to be nimble
  • Will watch PCE and CPI but think PCE is the best measure of inflation
  • We need to see inflation coming down
  • Labor market is extremely tight
  • Wage growth is elevated
  • Business fixed investment looks to have declined in Q2
  • We want to see demand running below potential for a sustained period
  • The pace of hikes will continue to depend on incoming data and evolving outlook

You can read full statement here https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20220727a1.htm

 

Some Good news instead of inflation is Atlanta Fed GDPNow final Q2 reading -1.2% vs -1.6% prior

IMF Cuts Growth forecast from 2022 & 2023 again.

Germany August Consumers Sentiment dropped to lowest levels -27.7 vs -27.4

Germany Rethink Nuclear Power Exit https://www.ft.com/content/cc422ece-92b3-41fa-a05c-900270bfe824

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Macroeconomic Forecasts & Protests across the Developing World

Macroeconomic Forecasts & Protests across the Developing World

Prospects of Recessions and GDP Growth

We estimate that there will be two quarters with negative growth for the next 15 months. Inflation will exceed wage gains and will reduce real spending. However, a few negative quarters are not enough to claim that we have a recession.

What stops us from announcing a recession is:

  • The US strong labor market
  • Remarkably stable retail spending
  • Services sector that is surprisingly immune to interest rate changes.

JP Morgan says recession is not its base case, risky asset classes could recover:

  • we do not see (a recession) as base case over the next 12 months
  • In fact, we see global growth accelerating ... to 3.1% in the second half
  • and inflation declining to 4.2%
  • which would allow central banks to pivot and avoid producing an economic downturn

Prospects of Inflation

Powell will probably raise rates to 4%, a mere 300 basis point increase. Higher rates will be a more important matter to Wall Street, not to the Main Street. Inflation will fall back to 3%-4% once current shortage in energy and supply chains will be over. We estimated that inflation will curb in the beginning of 2023, all that is needed is prices to stop rising and an equilibrium between demand and offers.

History, indicates that long-term real rates ought to be in the neighborhood of the economy’s long-term real growth rate potential.

 

Stock Market Forecast

Regrettably, this long-term bull market is now over because interest rates will not fall in the short term and second, we will see lower earnings per share. The resulting decline in the earnings per share growth rate will shock markets. We will have a lot of companies with negative earnings growth surprises. Last decade companies have delighted investors with impressive earnings per share, but that scenario will not be repeated in the future. Investors must have a proactive investing style or to invest in instruments with large dividends. Passively investing style is dead, you can forget index style investing.

When we read our Reuters terminal last week, we were negatively surprised to see how food supply and princes affected the people of developing countries. Unfortunately, our prediction from last year has come true and we have a food crisis (just read article from November 2021 https://topfxinvest.com/blog/we-anticipate-the-food-crisis-in-2022 )

Last Month we had protests in emergent countries.

Greece

Thousands of Greeks protested in Athens against the surge in energy and food prices. Greece's annual CPI Surged to 8.9% in March, hitting its highest level in 30 years.

 

Cyprus

Protesters throw the milk in presidential palace because of high prices and production issues.

 

Chile

Students rallied against the government because of high food prices demanding price control.

 

Tunisia

Basic food (Milk Eggs Poultry) prices were raised in May and were followed by large protests.

 

Argentina

Thousands of farmers protested in Buenos Aires against President Alberto Fernandez, because of policies to contain food prices. Farmers need to pay more for animal feed and to sell at a lower price.

 

Kenya

May 17 in Nairobi was held a demonstration against the government because of cost of living and high prices of basic products

 

Iran

2000 Pensioners protest peacefully in June against soaring living costs, according to Aljazeera and social media reports. The government raised prices of some basic goods such as cooking oil, floor and meat.

 

Peru

Peru ruling class sent an army in the streets to clear road blockades of activists. Protests were launched because of rising costs of food and fuel prices.

 

Indonesia

Indonesian farmers have rallied against palm oil export ban that caused a price drop of 75% on palm oil.

 

Guinea & Sudan

Protesters were killed by the armies according to Reuter’s reporters in May. Sudan Currency lost more than 30% last year and prices for fuel and food are growing at 20%.

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Rate Hike & Recession Fears are Growing in 2022

Rate Hike & Recession Fears are Growing in 2022

The FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting consensus was for 50bp rate increase because of this week's worst CPI reading, but Fed hiked with 75bp, and market consensus agreed for other future rate increase this year, and also a 10% inflation which is on the cards right now. Markets are hit hard this week, a Risk-OFF tone was the main trading sentiment among traders.

How Dot Plot was changed:

  • June 2022 shows the median rate at the end of 2022 at 3.4%, up from 1.9% in March 2022
  • For 2023, the median Fed funds target rate is up to 3.8%, up from 2.8% in March 2022
  • In 2024, the Fed projects a Fed funds target rate of 3.4%, down 40 basis points from the end of year 2023

dot plot fed image

10 to 1 votes for 75 bp hike and Powel opening statement “Inflation is much too high” reveal large consensus and fear from actual economic environment.

Jerome Powel other key statements from yesterday meeting:

  • Consumption spending is strong
  • Housing Market is slowing
  • Tightening in financial conditions could continue to temper growth
  • Growth in business fixed investment is softening
  • Labor market is extremely tight
  • Wage growth is elevated
  • We'd been expecting to see signs of inflation at least flattening
  • We're seeing inflationary forces everywhere
  • We don't know what will happen with supply shocks and how long they will last
  • Pace of hikes will depend on incoming data
  • Does not expect 75 bps moves to be common. Either 50 or 75 bps seems most likely at the next meeting.

SP500 are at the worst levels for this year, and inflation is at the highest levels because of the Covid-19 outbreak and the war between Russia & Ukraine.
SPX 500 after rate Hike and CPI reading


Beijing and Shanghai (China) are experiencing a "strongly explosive" COVID-19 outbreak right now and this will add fuel to the fire of the Recession. Even Chinese Communist Party Media disclose some information on this new Covid-19 wave (https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1267831.shtml) but you can read more unbiased opinion at Voanews: https://www.voanews.com/a/beijing-sees-explosive-covid-outbreak-shanghai-conducts-mass-testing-/6613499.html. Authorities ordered PCR testing for all residents in 15 of Shanghai's 16 districts this weekend, and five districts have restricted residents from leaving home during the testing period.

What about recession?

Goldman Sachs SP500 forecast SP500 to 3150 according to David Kostin only if the EPS estimate moves to $225.

Morgan Stanley is looking for a "tradeable low" in the SP500 suggesting price 3,400 because "growing evidence of slowing growth and the risk to earnings”.

Our Portfolio Recommendations

Regarding our Portfolio we added some Gold this week at the price 1815 and also ZIM stock instead of Economic tailwinds. We like ZIM because they have signed new charter agreements on eco-friendly vessels to expand its services. ZIM is extremely undervalued at PER 1.83 and also, it’s a company with low debts. Company has huge cash in bank accounts of 2.8 billion $ that is equivalent to 40$ per share price. We bought at 49$ and we have a target of 75$ per share, without taking into consideration the past dividends.

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FOMC Members are seeing Inflationary Risks on Upside, in May

FOMC Members are seeing Inflationary Risks on Upside, in May
  • All participant voted for 50 basis point hike
  • 50 basis point increase is likely appropriate to the next couple of meetings
  • concerned about the risks from higher income commodity prices
  • inflation remained elevated, reflecting continued supply and demand imbalances, higher energy prices, and broader price pressures. Inflation risk being skewed to the upside
  • restrictive stance on monetary policy may well become appropriate
  • Fed should move expeditiously to neutral
  • China lockdowns and Ukraine increased risks. New inflation pressures received from China as well as the Ukraine war, and were likely to weigh on economic activity
  • several thought the potential for unanticipated effects in the financial markets from the run off of the balance sheet
  • many expect tight labor market and wage pressures to continue for some time
  • Members judged that the implications of the war for the U.S. economy were highly uncertain
  • Higher wages and input prices were being passed on to consumers. Of course that will always happen
  • COVID-related lockdowns in China were likely to exacerbate supply chain disruptions
  • although overall economic activity had edged down in the first quarter, household spending and business fixed investment had remained strong
  • Job gains had been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate had declined substantially.
  • should assess the risk the economy later this year after the rate hikes

You can read all from FED website : May FOMC Meeting 2022

Stocks Are up with 1%, because members of FOMC avoid risks of recessionary environment

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Today CPI is a Hot Reading - Fed Officials Comment's

Today CPI is a Hot Reading - Fed Officials Comment's

Fed Loretta Mester:

 

  • Inflation might be back to around 2.5% in 2023
  • It all depends on inflation's path
  • We need to get mon pol at more neutral stance and then evaluate how much further is needed
  • We might see a couple months of unemployment rate rising but it won't be sustained
  • There's a lot of positive momentum in the economy
  • Unemployment may need to rise, may get another negative GDP print
  • I will need compelling evidence that inflation is moving down
  • We need to consider selling MBS
  • Fed's task is not going to be smooth, unemployment may need to rise to bring inflation down
  • After have point increases in June and July, Fed will have to see what more is needed based on a data in the meantime
  • I don't want to rule anything out on hikes for the second half of the year
  • Challenge for Fed is a large one

 

Fed's Williams

  • If inflation is higher an interest rate that adjusts for higher inflation is needed
  • Resolutely focused on restoring price stability
  • We have a hot labour market
  • Fed task is difficult but not insurmountable
  • Fed actions will cool demand and factors contributing to supply shortages will be resolved
  • Fed needs to be data dependent, adjust policy actions as circumstances warrant
  • As long as demand is very strong, it's difficult to resolve supply chain issues
  • You can imagine circumstances where we don't need to go much above neutral but that will be decided, we will learn on the way

 

Fed's Barkin:

  • Fed's path will not necessarily cause a recession
  • Fed needs to get inflation under control
  • Inflation is high, persistent and broad based
  • Getting inflation close to Fed's goal creates certainty that enables growth and supports maximum employment
  • Demand is strong and looks to remain robust
  • A number of pandemic-era inflation pressures will eventually settle
  • Rising borrowing rates will dampen investment levels and spending on interest-rate sensitive items like housing and cars

 

Fed's Waller:

  • We are trying to get the jobs market back to equilibrium, right now it's out of whack
  • If we get some help from supply chain resolution, that's fantastic, but won't count on it
  • Inflation is defined as a quantitative measure of the rate in which the average price level of goods and services in an economy
  • Inflation is too high, my job is to get it down
  • This is the time to hit with rate increases, because the economy can take it

Today CPI will be a hot reading, but FED policies are changed according to data from the Economy. If will have next month's some issues with supply chains solved then it's possible to see some positive's Risk Tones in Markets  

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FOMC Lift rates with only 0.50 % as expected

FOMC Lift rates with only 0.50 % as expected

FOMC Lift rates with only 0.50 % as expected

 

0.5% increased rates were taken by Markets with lots of optimism because Powell announced 75 BP hikes off the table for next two meetings. Sentiment was RISK-ON, instead of rate increases because trader's already priced in 0.5%.

Market Evolution NY Closed: 

  • S&P 500 up 122 points to 4298, or 2.9%
  • Nasdaq +3.1%
  • DJIA +2.8%
  • DXY 0.15%
  • VIX -13%  

 

Taking out of the table 75 BP hike, for next two meetings, Powel will sustain a new bounce into risk assets but I think it's short-term (1-2 weeks) until it will have new inputs from economies. Anyways, FOMC meeting, it's a fundamental shift for Risk instruments.

In the currency markets we see movement according to the risk sentiment: AUD & NZD UP and JPY & CHF down.

 

Some important remarks from Powell press conference regarding economic statement:

 

  • Inflation is much too high
  • It's essential we bring inflation down to keep a strong labor market
  • Price pressures have spread to a broader range of goods and services
  • Wages are rising at the fastest pace in many years
  • The labor market is 'extremely' tight
  • There is a broad consensus that 50 bps hikes should be on the table at the next couple meetings
  • We are prepared to adjust any of the details or our approach
  • Lockdowns in China are likely to further snarl supply chains

 

You can read all here 

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Tomorrow FOMC Expectations from Commercial Banks & former FED official's

Tomorrow  FOMC Expectations from Commercial Banks & former FED official's

BoA (Bank of America) 
Perhaps the most interesting moment at the press conference will be his response to a question about whether a 75bp hike is on the table.

 

Barclay's 

"At this week's May FOMC meeting,we expect the Fed to lift the target range for the federal funds rate by 50bp to 0.75%-1.00%.May's hike has already been signaled to markets,with FOMC participants becoming increasingly receptive to front-loaded rate hikes amid resilient data on activity and intensified cost-push price pressures since the March meeting ... Given the broad parameters for balance sheet normalization laid out in the March meeting minutes,we expect the monthly run-off caps to ramp up from$35bn in June($20bn for treasuries,$15bn for agency MBS),to$65bn in July ($40bn/$25bn)and then to the maximum pace of$95bn/month from August.

 In the press conference,we expect much of the discussion to revolve around the speed at which the committee is prepared to lift its policy rate to neutral,with markets now pricing in 50 bp hikes in every meeting through September.We continue to expect 50 bp hikes in May and June,with the committee slowing the pace to 25bp per meeting from July onward as it sees signs of slowing inflation,"

 

Morgan Stanley  see rate hike by 50bp and SPX down to  3800 near term and 3400 long term

 

Former FED according to Wallstreet Journal "Rates May Need to Rise Quite a Bit to Get to Neutral" , he see rates to 5% 

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US Q1 advance GDP Terrible values -1.4% vs +1.1% expected

US Q1 advance GDP  Terrible  values -1.4% vs +1.1% expected

Yesterday, Advanced GDP was published and we saw horrible  values with -2.4% deviation from expected values. All branches of the GDB were in red.   

  • Q4 final was 6.9% annualized
  • Consumer spending +2.7% vs +2.5% prior
  • Consumer spending on durables -4.1% vs +2.5% in Q4
  • GDP deflator +8.0% vs +7.3% expected
  • Core PCE +5.2% vs +5.4% expected
  • GDP final sales -0.6% vs +1.5% in Q4
  • Nominal GDP vs up 14.3% annualized in Q4
  • Business investment +9.2% vs +2.9% in Q4
  • Home investment +2.1% vs +2.2% in Q4
  • GDP ex motor vehicles -1.3%

The decrease in real GDP reflected decreases in private inventory investment, exports, federal government spending, and state and local government spending, while imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE), nonresidential fixed investment, and residential fixed investment increased.

The Real problem for the US Economy it's not that GDP is an inflation of 8%.

Economic growth returned in the years after the 2008 recession. The US entered an era of low growth but well below previous recovery phases. That sluggish economy is why the Fed kept rates low and launched QE (quantitative Ease).Fed officials talked of letting the economy “run hot,” and tolerate a period of high inflation in order to restore long-term averages.

Covid 19 and Ukraine-Russia war is threatening to change this high inflation with hiper-inflation (over 10%).That suggests recession might be coming anyway in 2022-2023, even if the Fed weren’t tightening policy.

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Fed's Brainard: Inflation is much too high & subject to upside risks but will move down by year end

Fed's Brainard: Inflation is much too high & subject to upside risks but will move down by year end
  •  I am carefully monitoring rotation from demand for goods back to services and whether that occurs without sparking inflation
  •  Expects balance sheet to shrink significantly faster than the last cycle
  •  Most low wage workers have seen wage growth that exceeds avg inflation
  •  War and covid lockdowns in China likely to extend supply chain bottlenecks and hurt growth
  •  After policy is more neutral, extent of additional tightening depends on the evolving outlook
  •  Fed will tighten 'methodically' through a series of rate hikes

Another Fed Speaks Fed's Daly: We'll be able to get inflation moving down by year-end

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FED Rate Hike by 25 Basis Points on Yesterday

FED Rate Hike by 25 Basis Points on Yesterday

The rate hike was priced in and the market was on RISK-ON mode yesterday. Main question for the FED yesterday was, what percent will be the hike?  

To stop inflation 0.5% was a better idea to hike but voters don't want to risk a recession with actual conflict between Ukraine-Russia. The surprise is 7 hikes in the dot plot instead of 5 hikes. The 10 years yield is now lower versus pre-rate decision level. Regarding the war in Ukraine, Powell said “The implications for the U.S. economy are highly uncertain, but in the near term the invasion and related events are likely to create additional upward pressure on inflation and weigh on economic activity. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The implications for the U.S. economy are highly uncertain, but in the near term the invasion and related events are likely to create additional upward pressure on inflation and weigh on economic activity.”

Regarding the US Economy, we have below stances: “Indicators of economic activity and employment have continued to strengthen. Job gains have been strong in recent months, and the unemployment rate has declined substantially. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher energy prices, and broader price pressures.” You can read full press release here:


Surveying the FOMC's 18 members, the dot-plot showed that 12 FED officials predicted at least seven total rate hikes in 2022. On the high end, one FED official expects the central bank to raise rates above 3% during the year, from the level around 0.25% currently in force.

Please check below the dot plot below:

fed dot plot 15 March 12 of 18 saw 0.9% in 2022, 11 of 18 saw 1,9% into 2023 annual median at 1.6%. Median interest rates for 2024 is 2.1%

Macroeconomic implications:

Energy Financials Sectors will outperform, we consider that it's a good time to buy bank's stocks and sell High growth stocks like tech. Instead of a short term rebound for Nasdaq's & S&P500, we see down in the long run. I can't see inflation slowing down in the long term and 0.25 it's not enough to calm but the FED was forced by the actual Geopolitical climate.

Euro will be much weaker in the long run than the dollar. Unfortunately for the EU, in the Eurozone there are plenty of headwind that affect growth: price of energy, war between Ukraine & Russia.

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Inflation is growing: CPI=7,5% with 0,2% over estimate - Stocks Down - Risk Off

Inflation is growing: CPI=7,5% with 0,2% over estimate - Stocks Down - Risk Off

Yesterday was a special day for trading markets because of rising in CPI. Stocks were up with over 2% percent at the start of the US session but reversed sharply with over 5%. Inflation surprised markets expectations but more interesting was FED Bullard (a voter in monetary Policy's) reaction to CPI:

He sees a 100-basis point increase by July 1.

50 BPs in March but will defer to Powell.

Would favour changing rates between meetings.

FED balance sheet reduction may require asset sales.

What is in CPI to justify the reaction above?!

Highest reading in 40 years

m/m CPI 0.6% vs 0.5%

Real weekly earnings -0.5% vs +0.1%

Core inflation:

  • Ex food and energy +6.0% vs +5.9% y/y expected
  • Prior ex food and energy +5.5%
  • Core m/m +0.6% vs +0.5% exp
  • Prior core m/m +0.6%

  1. Housing +0.7%
  2. Owners rent +0.4%
  3. Food +0.9%
  4. Energy +0.9%
  5. Gasoline -0.8%
  6. Medical care +0.6%
  7. Apparel +1.1%
  8. Services +0.4%

Only Ice scream is 👇

You can read detailed report here 

What are the reasons for these readings?

First Supply chain bottlenecks because Covid outbreak and accelerated economic growing from 2015 just look at SPX500

Citi Bank now sees 50 basis point Fed

What will happen from here?

I'm expecting inflation to peak in April-May and rates to go near to 4% in the future. Are we at the starting point of a depression?!

We intend to grow up our exposure on Gold & defensive stocks.

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Risk-off tone will persist in February: ADP & EU Inflation in focus

Risk-off tone will persist in February: ADP & EU Inflation in focus

 The ADP job data surprised to the downside this month: - 301K versus +200K estimate.

All economic branches were down this month:

  • Goods -27K
  • Manufacturing -21K
  • Services -274K
  • Transportation and Utilities -62K
  • Leisure and Hospitality -154K
  • Construction -10 K (Also Canadian Building Permit felt -0.3 over estimate)
  • Education & Health Services -15 K
  • Small firms -144K decline
  • Medium firms -59K decline
  • Large firms -98K decline

The fell was the largest since April 2020 because Omicron outbreak, according to FED officials.

BOE has increased official bank rate by 0.25 points to 0.5%, today.

Eurozone inflation hits new record 5,1% CPI versus 4,4% expected (Highest since 30 years), that will put more pressure on ECB today.

Bidden sent 3k US Soldiers to Romania Poland and Bulgaria.

IMF Chief Georgieva: Geopolitical tensions make uncertain outlook for global economy.

Regarding our portfolio, we shrink our exposure to growth stocks and closed some losing positions on companies that have large debts or lower growth expectation (ASAN, BILL, W, NVCR, RDFN), and further, we closed two days ago our grains exposure with 20% percent profits in three months. We expect to 💪 our dividend stock's exposure's and add to precious metal positions if we see another 2k points decrease in Gold and Silver after FED rate increases. We think market will retest soon, lower point from January and US Dollar 💵 will stay in upper zone. US dollar speculative positioning and bullish sentiment are surging. SP500 Retest Of January Lows  is about to begin.

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Fed's Bullard says Fed should proceed with tapering

Fed's Bullard says Fed should proceed with tapering

Fed's Bullard (2022 voter) says Fed should proceed with tapering despite the weak US jobs data, while he dismissed concerns the rebound in the labour market was faltering and said there is plenty of demand for workers. USD strength after comments

  • Note Bullard is the first Fed official to speak following Friday's NFPs.
  • Headline nonfarm payrolls disappointed expectations in August, printing 235k (exp. 750k); the unemployment rate fell by 0.2ppts, in line with the consensus, to 5.2%. Other measures of slack improved in the month, with the U6 rate of underemployment falling to 8.8% from 9.2%, the employment-population ratio, which is a metric that is closely watched Fed officials, rose to 58.5% from 58.4% (vs pre-pandemic 61.1%), although the participation rate, which the Fed also factors into its deliberations, was unchanged at 61.7%. The wages data saw average hourly earnings rising +0.6% M/M (exp. +0.3%), lifting the annual rate to 4.3% (from 4.1%); average workweek hours declined a little to 34.7hrs from 34.8hrs. Analysts noted that the lower than consensus headline was hinted at by several proxies, including the Homebase Survey, the ISM survey data (only manufacturing was available ahead of the NFP report), as well as the Conference Board's gauge of consumer confidence, which all gave the impression that Delta fears were contributing to labour market tightness. Ahead, Pantheon Macroeconomics is expecting further weakness in the September data too, and is also flagging concerns over the prospects of an October revival, given that labour market behaviour lags cases, and PM says cases are yet to peak. "Before Delta, we were looking for 1M-plus payroll gains in the fall, but that’s now going to be a real struggle, suggesting that Chair Powell will be in no hurry to be pushed into tapering while the labor market picture so uncertain," Pantheon writes, "we think the announcement comes in December, but the FOMC could easily be forced to wait until January." Meanwhile, many have been looking for evidence that the inflation upside in recent months was more persistent than the Fed was acknowledging, and were looking for this evidence within the wages metrics (the idea is that Americans would begin to demand higher compensation amid rising price pressures, which could feed into a loop of inflation becoming more persistent). While this month's data may allude to that theme, Pantheon warns that while the +0.6% M/M jump is startling, "it overstates the trend because the data are not mix-adjusted, so a month with no net job gains in the low-paid leisure and hospitality sector will see a bigger increase in AHE than a month with more even payroll growth." Even so, the consultancy notes that wage gains have averaged +5.8% Y/Y in the three-months to August vs the previous three months, and while it is high, PM argues that "this ignores the idea the faster productivity growth potentially raises the Fed’s tolerance for faster wage growth; ultimately, what matters is unit labour costs, which remain contained."

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FED Voters comments regarding Tapering

Fed Vice Chair Clarida (voter) stated there has been clear progress on the labour market which is in agreement with Fed Chair Powell and he would support a taper if the labour market gains continue as expected, while he added that we will get a better read on the labour market this fall. (Newswires)

Fed's Waller (voter) said we have definitely made progress on inflation and that one more good jobs report will be sufficient to be able to start tapering. Waller added that he would like to start to taper early this fall and does not see a reason to wait, while he definitely would like to see MBS taped faster and would like to finish taper by mid-2022 to have the space to raise rates if required. (Newswires)

Fed's Mester (2022, 2024 voter) reiterated the Fed has basically met the criteria for tapering asset purchases and believes the Fed should use the September meeting to lay out thinking about the pace and timing of tapering and looks to end taper by mid-2022. Mester also noted that whether they start tapering in November or December, it is not going to make a material difference for the economy and reiterated that even if there is some pullback, she thinks the economy will remain strong. (Newswires)

Fed's Bullard (2022 voter) said he favours tapering treasuries by USD 20bln a month and MBS by USD 10bln a month. (Newswires)

White House forecasts budget deficit to reduce by USD 684bln in the next decade, while there were separate comments from White House Economic Adviser Bernstein that they need to keep pushing a robust recovery in the US. (Newswires)

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