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  • Trump Flunks Fed Politics: Bashing Jay Powell makes it harder to keep interest rates low.

    10/25/2018 8:03:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 24, 2018
    ... [N]o Fed Chairman can afford to be seen by markets to be taking interest-rate dictation from the White House, and when they do it typically ends in tears. See Arthur Burns under Richard Nixon and G. William Miller under Jimmy Carter. Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke were also too cozy politically with administrations in power, but that influence was mostly behind the scenes. Poor Mr. Powell has the harrowing task of managing the transition from the largest experiment in monetary-policy history. Mr. Bernanke and later Janet Yellen enjoyed the ride down to near-zero short-term rates and unprecedented bond-buying to...
  • Trump Steps Up Attacks on Fed Chairman Jerome Powell

    10/24/2018 5:31:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 23, 2018 | Michael C. Bender, Rebecca Ballhaus, Peter Nicholas and Alex Leary
    WASHINGTON—President Trump escalated his attacks on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, saying the head of the nation’s central bank threatened U.S. economic growth and appeared to enjoy raising interest rates. In an interview Tuesday with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump acknowledged the independence the Fed has long enjoyed in setting economic policy, while also making clear he was intentionally sending a direct message to Mr. Powell that he wanted lower interest rates. “Every time we do something great, he raises the interest rates,” Mr. Trump said, adding that Mr. Powell “almost looks like he’s happy raising interest rates.” The...
  • Ex-Fed chief Greenspan: This is the tightest labor market I've ever seen

    10/18/2018 3:32:07 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 17 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 10/18/2018 | Berkeley Lovelace Jr
    ... "This is the tightest market, labor market, I've ever seen, he said in an interview with "Squawk Box." "But concurrently, we have a very slow productivity increase." ...
  • What and Who the Federal Reserve Really Is

    The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP Amoco and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch. According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation. .......long, detailed report at link
  • Dow tumbles 650 points to new low on day, bringing 2-day losses to more than 1,400 points

    10/11/2018 11:57:57 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 98 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/11/2018 | Fred Imbert
    Stocks fell in volatile trading Thursday, a day after the major indexes suffered steep losses sparked by higher rates and a sell-off in tech shares. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 650 points lower, bringing its two-day losses to more than 1,400 points. The S&P 500 dropped 2.1 percent and was on pace for a six-day losing streak. The broad index also broke below its 200-day moving average for the first time since May. The Nasdaq Composite pulled back 1.5 percent and entered correction territory. The major indexes fell after some of the major tech names failed to recover from...
  • Inflation Target Regrets

    10/10/2018 12:28:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 09, 2018 | Michael Pento
    For years central banks had been keeping rates near 0%, or below, and at the same time printing over a hundred billion dollars’ worth of fiat currencies each and every month to purchase bonds and stocks. That is all changing now. ... fourteen major global central banks are either in the process right now, or have indicated that they be will next year, in the process of raising interest rates. At the same time, QE on a global net basis will plunge from $180 billion per month at its peak during 2017, to $0 by December…and will then go negative...
  • Dow plummets 600 points in worst drop since March

    10/10/2018 12:37:22 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 118 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/10/2018 | Fred Imbert
    Stocks sank on Wednesday as a steep decline in tech shares and worries of rapidly rising rates sent Wall Street on pace for its worst day in six months. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded more than 600 points lower as Intel and Microsoft fell more than 2.5 percent each. The Nasdaq Composite plummeted 3 percent. The S&P 500 dropped 2.5 percent, with the tech sector underperforming. The broad index was also headed for a five-day losing streak — which would be its longest since late 2016 — and fell below its 50-day moving average, a widely followed technical level....
  • Fed hikes rates, points to two more increases by year's end

    06/14/2018 7:33:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/14/2018 | Jeff Cox
    The Federal Reserve hikes its benchmark short-term interest rate a quarter percentage point. The Fed says in a statement that economic growth has been "rising at a solid rate," an upgrade from "moderate" in May. The central bank points to two more hikes, which would bring the 2018 total to four increases. The Federal Reserve hiked its benchmark short-term interest rate a quarter percentage point Wednesday and indicated that two more increases are likely this year. The move pushes the funds rate target to 1.75 percent to 2 percent. The rate is closely tied to consumer debt, particularly credit cards,...
  • Fed hikes rates, points to two more increases by year's end

    06/13/2018 11:03:02 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 53 replies
    CNBC ^ | 13 JUN 18 | Jeff Cox
    The Federal Reserve hiked its benchmark short-term interest rate a quarter percentage point Wednesday and indicated that two more increases are likely in store ahead. The move pushes the funds rate target to 1.75 percent to 2 percent. The rate is closely tied to consumer debt, particularly credit cards, home equity lines of credit and other adjustable-rate instruments. In an unusually terse statement that ran just 320 words, the Federal Open Market Committee changed multiple phrases from its previous missives, pointing to a more optimistic view on economic growth and higher inflation expectations.
  • The Markets Point Toward Economic Strength: Central Banks Try to Curtail Their Outsize Influence

    02/07/2018 8:13:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/07/2018 | By Jason De Sena Trennert
    The pullback in stocks the past two trading days is both long overdue and healthful. But after nearly a decade of easy money engineered by the Fed and other central banks, is the sell-off in the bond market simply a short-term tantrum? Or is it the start of a secular bear market in bonds, due to higher inflation, that can only end in tears? If one thinks about interest rates as simply the price of money, one could argue that the correction in stock prices would be more worrisome if accompanied by significantly lower bond yields than higher ones. In...
  • A Fed Shot Across Trump's Bow?

    12/15/2016 5:16:16 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 48 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/14/2016 | Staff
    Monetary Policy: It was a foregone conclusion that the Fed would raise rates by a quarter point this week. No surprise there. What was a surprise was the sudden hawkish tone. Are they trying to tamp down enthusiasm after Donald Trump's election? It sure looks that way. Instead of just two rate hikes next year, which was the Fed's own expectation just last September, its forecasts now look for three rate hikes. Why the change? A sudden surge in inflation? Faster than expected growth? Hardly. The Fed's own forecasts don't see unemployment getting below where it is now, about 4.5%....
  • Trump: The Fed Keeping Interest Rates Artificially Low So The Economy Doesn't Go Down (Video)

    09/09/2016 4:04:26 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 6, 2016 | Tim Hains
    "...Donald Trump told reporters Monday that the Federal Reserve is keeping interests rates at record lows to help President Obama and to keep the economy from going down. "They’re keeping the rates artificially low so the economy doesn’t go down," Trump said in response to a question about a potential rate hike by the Federal Reserve this month. "So that Obama can say he did a good job. That's the only reason that the rates are so low. They're keeping the rates artificially low so that Obama can go out and play golf after January and say that he did...
  • The Fed may be preparing for the unthinkable — negative interest rates in America

    09/04/2016 12:30:58 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 194 replies
    Yahooooo ^ | 12 hours ago | John Mauldin, Yahoo Finance Contributor
    Negative interest rates are spreading like a virus. Central banks in the Eurozone, Switzerland, Sweden, and Japan all have below-zero policy rates. “NIRP,” as economists call a negative interest rate policy, is a desperation move—but the only move those central banks have. The Federal Reserve hasn’t followed—yet. When the next recession strikes, I believe Janet Yellen will choose to break the zero lower bound. The rationale was laid out in Jackson Hole. Look behind the headlines and you’ll see the Fed already preparing for NIRP. In theory, negative rates should encourage consumers and businesses to spend more freely and stimulate...
  • Donald Trump: This is why I'm for low interest rates

    05/05/2016 2:50:37 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 0/05/2016 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Donald Trump told CNBC on Thursday he's for low interest rates unless inflation perks up, and he would probably replace Janet Yellen when her term is up as Federal Reserve chair. "I have nothing against Janet Yellen whatsoever. I think she's been doing her job," the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said in a wide-ranging phone interview with "Squawk Box."
  • Charting the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years, worst commodity returns in 80 years

    06/17/2016 9:59:42 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 14 June 2016 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    Looking to dazzle friends and family at the next summer barbecue? Well, drop this little fact on them: global interest rates are at their lowest in 5,000 years. Not only that, you can tell the acquaintance who brags about his gold bars in the bank vault that returns on commodities are the worst since 1933. Sounds crazy you may say, but that’s just the kind of history Bank of America Merrill Lynch rolled out in the third edition of “Longest Pictures” note. The first chart shows the lowest global interest rates going all the way back to 3,000 B.C. Michael...
  • Official: Global Markets Seem Ready for an Interest Rate Hike

    05/30/2016 9:12:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    VOA ^ | 05/30/2016
    A U.S. Federal Reserve Bank president said Monday the global markets seem to be poised for an interest rate hike this summer. James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, said his outlook was not "too surprising" since signs are pointing to a second quarter rebound in the U.S. gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S. Bullard's remarks, made at an international conference in Seoul, South Korea, follow revised data Friday from the U.S. Commerce Department that the economy expanded faster than previously thought in the first three months of...
  • Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in coming months

    05/27/2016 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2016 4:08 PM EDT
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving. While economic growth was relatively weak at the end of last year and beginning of this year, it appears to be picking up now based on recent data, Yellen said during a discussion at Harvard University. She said she expects the Fed to “gradually and cautiously increase” its key interest rate “and probably in the coming months, such a move would be appropriate.” …
  • Private Pensions Underfunded (82%)

    05/11/2016 7:17:03 PM PDT · by buwaya · 16 replies
    Milliman ^ | 5/11/2016 | Buwaya
    A vanity, I apologize if this is old news or if I am being pedantic. We all know about the public pensions crisis, but the PRIVATE pension problem is under the radar. It probably shouldn't be, and it is also affected by government-corporate chicanery. It seems that, because of the sluggish state of the economy and low interest rates, nearly all private pension funds, just like public ones, are in the red. There are various pension fund surveys; most show that private pension funds are on average only about 80% funded; in 2007 they were on average over 100% funded....
  • The Screamfest Aimed At Trump

    05/10/2016 7:18:01 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 12 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | May 10, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    "Donald Trump's Economic Plans Would Destroy the US Economy!" screams the headline in The Atlantic. Of course to go with the headline they find a very unflattering picture.... I do give The Atlantic one bit of credit: They didn't bury the lede. "I've borrowed knowing that you can pay back with discounts," he told CNBC. "I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal.” "This policy would be so disastrous that even its suggestion is dangerous." Oh really? The article goes on to say that suggesting that one might haircut the debt would collapse markets...
  • James Grant: ‘Something Is Going to Go Wrong’

    04/17/2016 3:03:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 9, 2016 | Valentin Schmid
    Chief editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer debunks negative interest rates, banning cash, and helicopter money. ... Epoch Times spoke to Mr. Grant about the spotty track record of central bankers, deflation, gold and the gold standard, as well as negative interest rates and a ban on cash. A negative interest rate is not only a tax on saving, it is the destruction of saving. ... Negative interest rates are an attempt to tax thrift. The idea of earning dollar bills and putting those dollar bills in a bank and having them accumulate over time, the accumulation of which is...