Posts Tagged ‘Richard Fisher’

Notes From Underground: Bernanke, Summers and Fischer, OH MY

January 6, 2016

Everybody is talking at me and I can’t hear a word they’re saying, only the echoes of mismanaged policy. The academics are out and about, making the case as to why they are right and markets are WRONG, although Professor Summers gives much more credibility to the wisdom of markets than Bernanke or Fischer. The reason that this is important for traders and investors is that in the past six years, risk pricing has been based on the positive outcome of Fed policy.

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Notes From Underground: The Worst Press Conference Since Greenspan … Oh He Didn’t Give Press Conferences

June 18, 2014

Professor Yellen gets a RED D for this press conference. It was an effort in obfuscation it would deserve an A+ but Chair Yellen has been the biggest promoter of the Fed providing transparency and clarity to its policy decisions. Even Steve Liesman was critical of the Yellen for failing to answer his question on inflation and the Fed’s tolerance for allowing the PCE to rise above the 2 percent threshold. Several questions from reporters were follow-ups from previously asked questions that were not answered. Greg Ip from the ECONOMIST asked a question  about financial stability and Yellen danced around as if she was a student of Mario Draghi. Again, another journalist had to repeat  the question. The best direct question was from a woman who asked Chair Yellen about the expectation for wage growth to outpace inflation. Yellen admitted that she was waiting for households to get a gain in real take-home pay. Wages could grow at a more rapid pace then inflation  but if inflation were rising faster than wages she would worry about economic growth.

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Notes From Underground: Subject: The Cure To the Fed’s Concern About Its Communication Strategy: Richard Fisher

January 14, 2014
Bravo, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher. You gave a speech that even the talking heads on TV could comprehend. The speech, titled, “Beer Goggles, Monetary Camels, the Eye of the Needle and the First Law of Holes,” lays out the dilemma for the FED as it not only begins tapering but actually has to begin unwinding its massive balance sheet.
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Notes From Underground: Searching for Clarity in the Age of Monetary Policy On Steroids

May 12, 2013

The much-awaited piece from Jon Hilsenrath about FED “tapering” appeared in the weekend WSJ, and, as promised by the abundant tweets, it delivered very little in providing any new insights into Fed halting of security purchases. The headline, “Fed Maps Exit From Stimulus,” wasn’t a map of any kind and merely seemed to provide the philosopher’s answer to question of what to do when confronted with the fork in the road … TAKE IT. The FED is caught on the horns of a dilemma for it wants to provide some clarity as to how it will end the large-scale asset purchases (LSAP) without sending the market into a downside tailspin. The massive increase in the FED‘s balance sheet has provided the rocket fuel to boost the demand for all types of risky assets but how do they know the economy has enough strength to sustain the rally on its own. It seems that the most important voice now will be Fed Governor Jeremy Stein–more important than Jon Hilsenrath–for he seemed to unnerve Chairman Bernanke with his April 19 speech in which he warned about the distorting impact the Fed was having on risk assets. It seems the Chairman has awoken to the idea that the FED has blown an asset bubble, especially now that the Japanese have added to global liquidity.

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Notes From Underground: The Significance of the WSJ OP-ED Piece … “Magnitude of the Mess We’re In”

September 23, 2012

A an op-ed piece in last weeks WSJ created a great deal of buzz in the financial media. Appearing a few days after the aggressive move by the FED, the opinion piece written by five eminent economists–George Schultz, Michael Boskin, John Cogan, Allan Meltzer and John B. Taylor–criticizes the Bernanke Fed’s QE policy from many different aspects. It is not the criticism that is significant but rather the stature of the economists that are calling the question of the FED’s continued one-dimensional response to the tepid growth following the deep recession of 2007-2008. The media would have the public believe that the only economists qualified to theorize on the problems at hand are those chosen by the FED and its research staff. The financial media bowed to the altar of Alan Greenspan– the Maestro, Oracle and whatever else–and thus the cult of personality was thrust upon the markets.

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Notes From Underground: Back To the Sixties–Output Gaps or Phillips Curves?

September 20, 2012

The FED hounds were unmuzzled after last week’s FOMC and “The Line it Is Drawn. The Curse It is Cast.” Bob Dylan must have been anticipating the difference of opinion that is developing within the Federal Reserve bank. In a speech last night, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said: “There are many superb PHD theorists among the 19 members of the FOMC and support staff. There are only a handful of us–four, to be exact–who have worked as bankers or in the financial markets.” Fisher  discussed holding back from further QE based on evidence from his business contacts. The Dallas Fed President was dismissed when,”Some suggested that perhaps my corporate contacts were not sophisticated in the workings of monetary policy.” (Hat tip to Professor K.W. for sending the piece). It seems that the collegial attitude is eroding at the FED if the ivory tower is not the place of residence. Today, it was the Minneapolis Fed President Kocherlakota who delivered what I consider to be an outlandish speech.

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Notes From Underground: Housing Is Making It As the Foundation of Obama’s Domestic Agenda … Why Hasn’t Geithner Been Replaced?

October 24, 2011

The speeches by FOMC GOVERNOR TARULLO and Vice Chair Yellen were followed up with an Obama speech on a “major” REFI operation and many articles in the media. In today’s Financial Times, Larry Summers just happened to have a piece titled, “WHY THE HOUSING BURDEN STALLS AMERICA’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY.” It seems that the administration has awakened to the fact that the credit crisis has been wrapped in a housing crunch that has kept consumer demand lackluster at best. (Also known as the Geithner plan: Aid the banks first and maybe help the debt-laden consumer/homeowner somewhere down the line.)

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Notes From Underground: FOMC Minutes (Upon Further Review)

October 12, 2011

Tonight will be all quick hitters as the big news is sparse, to say the least. The Fed released the minutes of the September FOMC meeting. Besides discussing the idea of QE3, the most interesting read was that Fisher was not as hawkish as his NO VOTE seemed. This makes sense as his speeches this week have been pretty DOVISH and I had thought that he was contradicting himself.

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