Utter failure of policy.
The Fed was certain it knew what Japan had done wrong and wasn’t going to make THOSE mistakes.
Cut rates much more aggressively.
Said it would do whatever it takes.
Figured out how to do its job as liquidity provider after only 6 months of alphabet soup programs.
Did heaps of Quantitative Easing.
Did the twist.
And now, realizing its done about all it can do, says monetary policy can’t do it all.
And still fails to recognize publicly the actual problem is the budget deficit is way too small.
And doesn’t directly inform Congress that
there is no such thing as a solvency problem,
the Fed controls government interest rates, and not the market,
there is no long term deficit problem with regards to finance,
the only thing we owe China is a bank statement,
Quantitative Easing and rate cuts remove interest income from the economy, which allows the deficit to be that much larger,
as we continue to go the way of Japan.
Some improvement around the edges but the larger narrative is employment rising only at a rate fast enough to keep the unemployment rate stable (not higher or lower)
- NFP 80k with net revisions 102k
- Unemp rate down to 9% from 9.1%
- Average hourly earnings 0.2% and aggregate hours 0.1% barely ok for labor income once adjusted for inflation
- Weather may have played a small role as construction employment turned from +27k to -20k
- Diffusion index improved from 56.7 to 60.7; while encouraging in that the majority of industries are adding jobs, doesn’t say or mean they are necessarily adding jobs at an increasing rate
- Other positives are median duration of unemployment falling from 22.2 weeks to 20.8 weeks and U6 measure falling from 16.5% to 16.2%
- Don’t think this would have a big impact on the new Fed forecasts we saw the other day