Energy capex, LA port activity, Fed portfolio

Energy capex collapsed first, followed by non energy capex about a year later. Question now is whether the Q1 non energy capex recovery continues into Q2. I suspect not. In any case the contribution to growth from energy capex is no longer negative but not all that much as a % of GDP:

Tells me we still are experience an obvious lack of aggregate demand. We haven’t even gotten back prior highs and growth of these components has slowed dramatically from where it was before the crisis:

In case you thought any of these people had a clue. It’s all just more of the blind leading the blind:

Federal Reserve warned over maintaining big balance sheet

The Federal Reserve risks political interference and losing its independence if it
maintains a large balance sheet in the longer term, former Fed officials have claimed, as
debate ( )
intensifies over the central bank’s strategy for unwinding its interventions in financial

Kevin Warsh, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and
former Fed governor, said that permanently holding vast quantities of assets like
treasuries was “fiscal policy in disguise” and risked turning the central bank into a
general purpose agency of the government

“A large balance sheet is a dangerous temptation for the rest of the political class,” he
said in an interview at a conference at Stanford on Friday.

Charles Plosser, former president of the Philadelphia Fed, said that politicians might, as
an example, push the Fed to purchase infrastructure bonds to help fund public works
and argue they were not interfering with monetary policy. “They will see that balance
sheet as a great opportunity to fund their spending without raising taxes,” Mr Plosser