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Monetary Policy Pushback - July 30, 2019

Ruchir Sharma, Chief Global Strategist at Morgan Stanley reminds us that central banks can’t dictate where the money they print goes, and warns that easy money could set the stage for a market collapse. D.L. Thornton, ex-Vice President of the St. Louis Fed argues that low rates have failed to spur economic growth and have harmed sectors of the population

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Fed Froth and Leveraged Loans - July 23, 2019

We take a look at mixed regional Fed data with their positive future outlook and the Bank of England’s concerning look into leveraged loans.

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Know Thy Nominee - July 8, 2019

Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller’s nomination to the Federal Reserve board leads us to dig into their pasts for clues to their policy views. Christine Lagarde is also a newly minted nominee, up for the presidency of the ECB, and though she is not an economist, has spent some time in the monetary policy trenches.

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Interest Rates Re-Examined - June 12, 2019

A number of commentators, including Warren Mosler and Jim Chanos, found fault with the monetary policy framework espoused by Ken Rogoff. They explain why central bankers have “got it backward” and why “the Fed itself” is behind some of the dynamics they are fighting.

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Unconstrained Negative Interest Rates - June 4, 2019

In “The Case for Implementing Negative Interest Rate Policy” Kenneth Rogoff & Andrew Lilley probe the limitations of monetary policy tools and examine the steps necessary to implement deeply negative interest rate policy.

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The Fed and Evolving QT - April 30, 2019

Following Ex-Fed Kocherlakota's call for a rate cut, WSJ's Nick Timiraos details the economic conditions that would lead current FOMC members to consider cuts. Meanwhile, yet another recent Fed paper on reserves, this time in the context of a potential repo facility, indicates that, when it comes to the level of "ample reserves", they are just "guesstimating".

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Complicated Housing & Fed Preparation - April 23, 2019

The divergence in recent housing data both across price points and between new and existing housing imply complex dynamics going on under the surface. Also, while the Fed has cooed before, an ex-Fed president has gone as far as to say that the next move should be a rate cut.

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Quantitative Tightening & Auto Sales - April 9, 2019

The Trump-vs-the-Fed battle over quantitative tightening has flared up again and there are some peculiar dynamics under the surface of the auto sector in subprime auto loans.

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SBOI, Inflation and the Fed - February 12, 2019

The NFIB released its Small Business Optimism Index and, while the press was quick to comment on the weakness of the data, the numbers were not all bad. Research suggests that recent inflationary pressures are something to shrug off and allowing inflation to run hot could have helped reduce economic slack.

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Cause and Effect - January 29, 2019

Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve do not see the Fed Balance Sheet runoff creating problems, but the tide may be changing as QT may reverse the virtuous cycle created by QE. Recent housing data has further shown mixed signals and the government is a bit worried about mortgage lenders.

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