June 13, 2019
article outlined how overly hawkish Fed policy burst the Everything Bubble…
The Fed is now in the process of trying to “patch” over the bursting bubble, to stop the financial system from experiencing another crisis.
And President Trump just “signed off” of the Fed’s plan.
You see, according to the Fed’s Dual Mandate (the mandate as issue by the US Congress to the Fed in 1977), the Fed is meant to pursue two things:
1) Price stability (controlled inflation)
2) Maximum employment (economic growth)
It was the Fed’s attempt to accomplish this in 2018 that lead to the Everything Bubble bursting…
At that time, the Fed believed inflation was getting out of control… and that economic growth was raging hot…
So the Fed embarked on its most aggressive monetary policy in history…
First it hiked interest rates four times per year.
Secondly it shrank its balance sheet at a pace of $50 billion per month… or $600 billion per year.
By the way, when the Fed shrinks its balance sheet by $200 billion, it represents the equivalent to another rate hike…
So the Fed technically raised rates SEVEN times in 2018 (four rate hikes plus a balance sheet reduction of $600 billion).
This burst the Everything Bubble, with yields on US Treasuries breaking out of their 30+ year long-term downtrend.
And because the US economy is so saturated with debt… this increase in yields began to hurt the economy as well (debt payments rose, cutting into cash flows).
This is what prompted the Fed to completely abandon its hawkishness at the end of 2018…
Since that time, the Fed has begun crafting a plan to “patch over” the leaking Everything Bubble.
That plan consists of the Fed dropping the inflation component of its Dual Mandate… and pursing economic growth regardless of whether or not it unleashes higher rates of inflation.
And the President just “signed off” on this plan… publicly via his Twitter account.
As usual the talking heads will ridicule the President, saying he doesn’t understand inflation… or some other insult.
The truth is, this was the President openly telling the Fed to pursue growth by any means necessary…
Put another way… the President of the United States told the US Central Bank… “start stimulating NOW.”
The Fed is already talking about unleashing non-stop Quantitative Easing, cutting interest rates to negative and more...
Can you imagine what the Fed will do now that President himself is pushing for higher inflation?
Chief Market Strategist DHF.
George Town. Cayman Islands.