The Federal Reserve continues to JOLT markets with excessive monetary stimulus despite numerous reasons why they should back off.
For example, today’s JOLT report (US job openings) revealed that 10.4 million jobs were open in September. This is the fourth consecutive month of 1 million plus job openings, yet The Fed refuses to raise their target rate.
At the same time, the University of Michigan survey revealed that buying conditions for houses dropped to 66 (baseline of 100). To show how bad this is, buying conditions for houses was at 144 this time last year.
UPDATE: UMich revised their number downward to 62, the lowest since 1981.
In The Fed’s mind, they are still chasing at least 3.5% unemployment, the lowest rate under President Trump prior to COVID. But with perpetual million plus job openings GOING UNFILLED, trying to get to pre-COVID unemployment rate of 3.5% is a fool’s errand.
Of course, with The Fed helping to pump up house prices to largely unaffordable levels, it makes sense that enthusiasm for buying expensive homes has crashed.
Meanwhile, The Fed continues to JOLT the economy with excess stimulus.
Overall inflation fears are leading to lowest consumer confidence since 2011.
PLEASE stop JOLTING US!!