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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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Superlative Labor & Missing Inflation - March 12, 2019

New Unemployment Rate data continues to surprise forecasters to the downside as job creation was at a record high. The strong labor market has economists puzzled over the lack of inflation, prompting the Fed to review their strategy, including looking at BoJ-inspired price controls.

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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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Shades of Dove and Volatility - January 15, 2019

Whether you are bullish or bearish, the right side of the trade in Fed speak has been dovish. Current and previous Fed officials have been worried that the Fed is nearing policy error and could tip the economy into a recession. Chris Cole of Artemis Capital thinks more volatility is in store, which could pose a challenge to certain strategies and market participants.

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Economic & Policy Incongruities - December 11, 2018

Recently we’ve highlighted some US economic data has displayed some incongruities between ISM and Markit Manufacturing. Now, NFIB’s Small Business Optimism data, former Fed officials, and news sources have mixed signals.

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