Archive for December, 2022

Notes From Underground: ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas

December 18, 2022

Last week, the leaders of the world’s central banks were attempting to regain their souls. FEDERAL RESERVE Chair Jerome Powell told tales of woe as workers were suffering as inflation rose. Crush the evil inflation out of the system is the battle cry¬† in an effort to recreate the melodrama of Andrew Mellon in 1931: liquidate, liquidate, liquidate in an effort to Calvinize the evil from the economy by crushing demand. Powell did note that housing had weakened SIGNIFICANTLY and financial conditions HAVE TIGHTENED CONSIDERABLY but will have to be patient because monetary policy acts with a lag.

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Notes From Underground: US Debt, Never A Problem?

December 13, 2022

As we head into the end of 2022 we are reminded yet again of the sagacious wisdom of Louis Gave: Our investors pay us to ADAPT, NOT FORECAST. WALL STREET pundits have released a cacophony of 2023 predictions, and there’s always a race to ramp up all types of forecasts in an effort to make it to draw attention. The hills are alive with the echoes of Joseph Granville for the more outrageous the forecast the greater the chance for being elevated into the Pantheon of Oracles. If your off-the-chart predictions remain off the chart no one will ever remember, except SBF/FTX. The only certainty in 2023 is that the wisdom of MAO will be brought forward as IT TAKES A SINGLE SPARK TO START A PRAIRIE FIRE. There are several piles of dry tinder waiting to be lit. One of the most critical is the growing debt in the US that needs to be financed.

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Notes From Underground: Wow, My Sweet November

December 1, 2022

First and foremost, I apologize for any confusion with the efforts to get some money flow to Santa Mike at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services. I put in the wrong contact/email for Mike Sturch (mikees@sbcglobal.net). Mike has been raising money to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and educate the inner city youth in Chicago providing pre-school programs to raise the level of learning for those suffering at the lower rung of the socioeconomic ladder. Every dime goes to meet the needs and my friend Mike has been doing this for more than 50 years. Today’s inflation is situation is creating extra stress for those in need. Thanks for your indulgence.

On Wednesday, Jerome Powell spoke at Brookings and his speech, plus a strong Q&A session, was comforting enough for Wall Street that the FED would be moving to slow the pace of interest rate rises. THIS IS NOT A PIVOT BUT A POTENTIAL PAUSE. If the FED slows the pace of hikes while real interest rates on short-term money are still NEGATIVE, well then myriad asset classes are deemed investable.