Fed Archive

Japan Downgrade, China GDP Model, Earnings Reports, Italian Trade, Housing Starts, Rail Traffic, Fed Comment

Yields on JGB’s fall a bit with S&P downgrade. I’ve spoken to S&P. They know better. They are intellectually dishonest. I included these as they give some indication of the macro outlook: FedEx Trims Outlook on Weak Freight Demand Sept 16 (WSJ) — FedEx said it expects adjusted earnings of $10.40 to ...Read More

Mtg Purchase Apps, CPI, Home Builder’s Index, Euro Area Balance of Trade, CEO Outlook

Looking like it’s turned south: MBA Mortgage Applications Fed continues to fail to sustain enough aggregate demand to meet it’s 2% inflation target: Consumer Price Index Highlights Consumer prices came in soft in August and will not be turning up the heat on the doves at the FOMC. Pressured by gasoline, the ...Read More

Spain, QE chart, Wholesale trade, UK and France industrial production, Import and export prices

Fyi, we will be in Spain next week. Here are some of the details: There is a newly formed MMT Group in Spain called APEEP which stands for “AsociaciĆ³n para el Pleno Empleo y la Estabilidad de Precios”. In an effort to bring MMT into the political debate in Spain, they will ...Read More

Fed comments and charts, Employment from outside the labor force, Public sector employment, Small Business Index, Labor market conditions index

The reason the Fed is talking hike is because they believe the continued modest growth is reducing the excess capacity in the economy, and they are concerned about hitting the wall of full employment with their 0 rate policy and multi $ trillion portfolio, both of which they believe to be highly ...Read More

quick macro update

It all started when the FICA tax cuts and a few of the Bush tax reductions were allowed to expire at the end of 2012, followed by the sequesters a few months later 2013. That resulted in 2013 GDP growth of a bit less than 2% or so that might have been ...Read More

Existing home sales, Philadelphia Fed survey, Nat gas

More existing home are turning over, however look at the downward revisions in the last chart. And while prices may be up, they still haven’t reached replacement value as evidenced by the lack of new construction and most recently the sharp decline in permits after the run up in front of NY’s ...Read More

Retail Sales, Jobless Claims, Import Export Prices, Business Inventories, Japan Machine Orders, Freight Transportation, Gas Prices

This is being touted as a strong report, but, again, looks to me like it’s dropped since year end and at best is moving sideways from there, and not to forget that a large share of auto sales are imports. But I do agree the Fed is heck bent on raising rates ...Read More

Jobs, Atlanta Fed, Rail Traffic

The Fed is looking for ‘some improvement’ in the jobs market. But looks like deterioration to me? The number of jobs fell for the second straight month, the year over year growth rate continued to fall, the unemployment rate and the participation rate were unchanged, earnings growth remains very low. All that ...Read More

Mortgage Purchase Apps, EU Retail Sales, Payroll Tax, ADP, Trade, Equity Comment

While still historically very low, purchase apps are now way up over last year’s particularly depressed levels. Some are replacing all cash buyers, but the increase is also in line with increased existing home sales. While new home sales were soft, turnover of existing homes has been increasing, and while not directly ...Read More

Pending Home Sales, Atlanta Fed, MTG Purch. Apps

Confirms other indicators of housing a bit volatile but still depressed and going nowhere: Pending Home Sales Index Highlights In a negative for the summer home-sale outlook, pending sales of existing homes fell a sharp 1.8 percent in June. The low-end Econoday forecast was for a gain of 0.4 percent. The year-on-year ...Read More