Fast Facts

Fed Minutes Are A Waste of Time

I will no longer comment on the bulk of the FOMC minutes. They focus on the Fed staff’s and FOMC members’ views of the economy and the markets. Why bother with that? The Fed makes policy on an ad hoc basis based on whatever happened in the markets in the weeks immediately prior to the meeting. Forward guidance is therefore meaningless and so analyzing the propaganda about the Fed’s decision process is a waste of time.

Wall Street Examiner Exclusives

We Have Come To Bury Debt, Not To Praise It

The Fed’s balance sheet went through the normal mid month fluctuations last week as MBS are paid down early in the month and then are replenished at mid month. There has been essentially no change in the total size of the balance sheet since QE officially ended a year ago. And there will be no material change going forward until the Fed either decides to start shedding assets (not gonna do it) or until it restarts QE (somewhat more probable than shrinking the balance sheet).

When Central Banker Economic Delusions Become Everyone Else’s Living Nightmare

The Composite Liquidity Indicator has been inching sideways after hitting a new high during the August 26 week. More importantly, the slope of the line has been nearly flat since January. In this game, if liquidity isn’t growing, that’s tight. Governments are always borrowing more, so if the system isn’t providing new cash to absorb that debt, the cash to pay for the new debt needs to come from somewhere else. That spells liquidation.