Federal Reserve System Chairman Jerome Powell took a decidedly hawkish tone today which sent US stock markets lower. Fed Chair Powell said it’s a good time to retire the word “transitory” and suggests its appropriate to taper more quickly. He was answering questions in today’s testimony at the joint Senate hearing with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen before Senate Banking on Coronavirus and the CARES Act. The Fed Chair moved his bias toward the hawkish side which surprised many with the new … Continue reading “Fed’s Powell Rattles Markets With Retire Transitory Inflation and Speed Up Taper Comments”
Federal Reserve System Chairman Jerome Powel released his prepared testimony ahead of tomorrow’s 10:00 a.m. Senate hearing with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen before Senate Banking on Coronavirus and the CARES Act. Headlines via Reuters Factors pushing inflation upward will linger well into next year Inflation running well above 2% goal, pushed up by pandemic-related supply and demand imbalances Continue to expect inflation will move down significantly over the next year We will use our tools to support economy and strong … Continue reading “Fed Chair Powell says Factors Pushing Inflation Upward Will Linger Into Next Year”
In what the Press had us believe was a close race The White House took the sensible route and nominated Jerome Powell for a second four-year term, according to a statement. PredictIt had Powell at a 79% favorite. Lael Brainard will be nominated as vice-chair replacing Richard Clarida. She was expected to get vice-chair of supervision if not chair. The White House said both Powell and Brainard share the administration’s focus on ensuring that economic growth broadly benefits all workers … Continue reading “Jerome Powell Re-nominated Fed Chair With Lael Brainard Vice-Chair”
The Federal Reserve is continuing to voice it’s concern about inflation, wages and disparities between those who benefited from asset inflation and those who have been hurt by it. Fed Governor Christopher Waller said on Friday the rapid improving job market market and deteriorating inflation data have pushed him towards favoring a faster pace of tapering and more rapid removal of accommodation. “The rapid improvement in the labor market and the deteriorating inflation data have pushed me towards favoring a … Continue reading “Fed’s Waller Wants a Faster Taper With Concern If Inflation Embedded Into Wage Demands”
The New York Fed president John Williams, hwo is a voting member continued with his hawkish tilt of late. His comments roiled financial markets somewhat with selling in the more speculative names such as those in Russell 2000 index. He also focused on familiar themes saying supply constraints are a major factor on the labor market and supply chain bottlenecks. “We definitely have seen a pickup in underlying inflation in the U.S. that we’ll be studying carefully,” Williams said during a virtual … Continue reading “Seeing Broader Based Increases in Inflation – NY Fed Williams”
Fed Governor speaking on BBGTV said US Core PCE Is “Quite High” and added that the Fed should take towards a more hawkish policy in the next couple of meetings. He said 3%-4% Rate `Is Not My Base Case’ Feds Bullard Speech Highlights Core PCE is quite high Fed should take towards a more hawkish policy in the next couple of meetings Markets are past the taper tantrum. The Fed could move further faster Fed taper increased to $30 billion … Continue reading “Hawkish Bullard Cays Core PCE Is Quite High”
The Federal Reserve kept rates unchanged at their November meeting, Cut in pace of Treasuries $10B/month as expected, Cut in pace of MBS $5B/month as expected. Inflation is elevated, largely reflecting factors that are expected to be transitory
The Federal Reserve released it’s Biege Book Wednesday with the focus on growth in consumer spending. Most Districts reported significantly elevated prices, fueled by rising demand for goods and raw materials.
The Federal Reserve kept rates unchanged at their September meeting, kept QE infinity open with TALF for open-ended Treasuries, MBS and corporate bonds in amounts needed. Inflation has risen, largely reflecting transitory factors. Inflation is elevated, largely reflecting transitory factors
The S&P, Dow and Nasdaq indices all hit record highs on Monday, continuing the sharp reversal off one month lows ahead of Jerome Powell’s speech at Jackson Hole, Wyoming set for Friday, though Fed officials will meet virtually for their annual symposium.