Posts Tagged ‘James Bullard’

Notes From Underground: We are IN the Marcusian ONE DIMENSIONAL World

June 20, 2016

It takes a BOURGEOIS APOLOGIST to point out the limitations of our thought processes. The current financial world is seen through the prism of BREXIT. Every nuance from the pollsters result in magnified market reactions. Last week’s political assassination of a sitting member of Parliament brought the political establishment to halt campaigning and caused a national contemplation as to where England was headed. The look into the British psyche, according to the “new” polls, has brought the voters to find favor in the status quo–exactly what Geoffrey Gundlach had predicted several weeks ago (SEE NOTES POST, IF I WAS A RICH MAN). Yra’s first law: Money is fascist and always seeks the highest return in a hoped for stable regime. Political assassination leans the ship of state toward the LEEWARD side, but there are three days left and many new polls to provide volatility to the markets. But I caution there are other events in the world that are of more than of a passing interest.

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Notes From Underground: Will Janet Be Wearing Her High School Nehru? Or Her PHD Graduation Nairu?

April 26, 2016

Wednesday brings the results of the FOMC meeting and the official policy statement laying out Fed insights into the domestic and of recent concern the fragile state of the global economy. There will be no press conference so the “kremlinologists” of fedspeak will be busy parsing every nuanced word. I WILL BE WATCHING WHAT OUTFIT THE FED CHAIR IS WEARING. IF SHE IS WEARING A NEHRU JACKET I WILL ASSUME THE FED IS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECT OF GLOBAL MARKETS KEEPING DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON AMERICAN WAGES. Domestic-oriented analysts focus on the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.0% as the key factor for the need for the FED to raise rates. The flawed models of the FED fail to take into account the pressures on the U.S. economy from capital and labor situations worldwide.

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Notes From Underground: Cramer Unsavory? I Think Not

January 14, 2016

Jim Bullard? Now There Is An Unsavory Chap

Today was not like the other days for the break in the equity markets came early. As all the global markets were in sell mode St. Louis Fed President James Bullard hit the airwaves with thoughts about being wrong in his inflation projections. It appears that the selloff in crude oil is providing the Fed hawk with concerns that the SUMMARY of ECONOMIC PROJECTIONS may be softer than the December FOMC meeting revealed. Bullard sounded as if he would not be in favor of the Fed raising rates because of the inflation rate turning away from the spurious 2 percent mandate. The unsavoriness of Bullard’s comment is not that he fears a downturn in inflation, and maybe lower growth, but that Bullard seemed to find his DOVISH posture as the U.S. markets were heading toward the August lows. Bullard in unsavory because he called out CNBC’s Jim Cramer for “cheerleading for low rates twenty-four hours a day.”

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Notes From Underground: Yellen Announces Possible Decrease In Liquidity; Suffers Bout of Dehydration

September 27, 2015

In Chair Yellen’s speech on Thursday–“Inflation Dynamics and Monetary Policy”–she walked backed comments from last week’s UBER-dovish press conference. My first impression, given the wonkish nature of the speech, was that she plagiarized Stanley Fischer’s speech at Jackson Hole, or merely bought it at an online economic website. Second, the Yellen speech did hint at a possible answer to the aggressiveness of Jim Bullard’s desire for the Fed to raise rates as soon as possible. After rereading the speech, it seems that Yellen was NOW willing to raise rates and be part of the FOMC members pushing for a rate rise before the end of 2015. Why?

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Notes From Underground: Where Have You Gone Paul Volcker? Our Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You

September 21, 2015

Today, in an act of major disfunctionality, St.Louis Fed President James Bullard called out CNBC‘s Jim Cramer about his continual call to keep rates at zero. Mr. Bullard called Cramer’s continued push for the FED to remain as easy as possible “unsavory.” The fact that Jim Bullard went into Cramer’s den to state his case is unsavory. If the Fed is so concerned about the pressure emanating from the CNBC airwaves, why would you lend them more credibility by appearing on Squawk Box? Fed Presidents and Governors are always making themselves available to the electronic media in an effort to “enlighten” the public. Can the FED really be concerned about the daily discussions about policy and the pressure it might provide to keep equity markets elevated? Please bring back Volcker and restore some dignity to the world’s central bank.

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Notes From Underground: Why the Fed’s Credibility Is Suffering

August 23, 2015

As Harry Nilsson sang in “Everybody ‘s Talkin'”: Everybody ‘s talking at me, I don’t hear a word they’re saying, only the echoes of my mind.” This is true of the words from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard as he had the audacity to opine in the middle of Friday’s S&P and equity rout that: 1. “The Fed doesn’t react directly to equity markets”; and 2. “More sanguine than market on global outlook, China.” (source: Bloomberg). This is the very same James Bullard who is credited with halting the significant break in the SPOOS on October 15 when he mentioned that “the Fed should be open to continue its QE on the back of low inflation expectations.”

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Notes From Underground: The Fed, Simon Potter and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice

April 15, 2015

Another day of market volatility caused by __________ (fill in the blank). It seems that many pundits and talking heads have a cacophony of excuses for the recent bout of market moves that seem to be random and non-correlative. Poor economic news begets DOLLAR SELLING, SPOOS RALLYING AND BONDS GOING EVERY WHICH WAY. Throw in the recent erratic behavior in OIL and PRECIOUS METALS  and all previous relationships are, for the moment, non-existent. The FED has been warning that BOND markets are subject to severe volatility because markets fail to respect the FOMC‘s views on economic growth and the need to raise rates sooner than investors appear to want to believe.

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Notes From Underground: Is Jim Bullard The Fed PIMP? Domique Strauss-Kahn Wants To Know

February 3, 2015

Today, the trial of former IMF Director Dominique  Strauss-Kahn [DSK] began in Paris. The former IMF director is charged with “aggravated pimping in an organized group.” Well, if DSK is on trial for aggravated pimping, it seems that St.Louis Fed President James Bullard OUGHT to be indicted on a similar charge.

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Notes From Underground: The Swedes Plumb the Interest Rate Depths

October 29, 2014

First, I will say it again. QE3 is over and the Fed will maintain its “forward guidance” and be data dependent. The next bout of important data will be the U.S. unemployment release on November 7, which buys the Fed one more month of doing nothing. James Bullard painted the FED into a tight corner when he PANICKED and said the FED may want to refrain from removing QE3 while the SPOOs and other equity markets were at a 10 percent correction low. Bullard revealed that the Fed’s REACTION FUNCTION is the equity markets and of course Chairman Yellen’s concern about the lag in wages. The two key variables for the Fed have both been steady since the last meeting. The spoos are lower by 0.75 percent while the September unemployment report showed wage gains had no increase.

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Notes From Underground: Yellen Dethrones Bernanke

October 20, 2014

Last Friday, Chair Yellen delivered a speech at the Boston Fed’s Conference on Opportunity and Inequality. The present Fed Chair has frequently opined on the social and economic problems of income equality and I have been very critical of her wading into the waters of social and fiscal policy for many of the previous 80 years issues of wealth inequality have been dealt with through fiscal and social action. I don’t have a moral issue with Yellen’s outlook on wage inequality but I do not think it is the purview of the Federal Reserve Board to use its financial authority in placing the issue into the public domain. The FOMC has enough on its list of responsibilities without taking on the role of advocate for workers of America. Yellen’s dinner table and social engagements is a fine arena for her moral views but she dreads into very dangerous waters when using the political power of her office.

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