The US economy is out of time.
As a recession approaches, we are seeing the WIRP implied Fed o/n rate (green line) declining. And with The Fed chickening-out, we saw a surge in equities (NASDAQ composite index in blue).
Gasoline prices are falling too (orange line), but due to rising global economic slowdown. But notice that The Fed’s balance sheet (yellow line) is still growing despite repeated signals that Covid stimulus would be removed (I call this Quantitative Frightening).
As I mentioned above, The Fed has stopped trimming their balance sheet despite signals to the market of getting rid of the Covid stimulus. As Billy Preston sang, “Nothing From Nothing.”
The Atlanta Fed GDPNow Q2 forecast is for … 0% GDP growth despite the massive monetary stimulus and fiscal stimulus from Biden/Pelosi/Schumer.
And yes, the S&P 500 has officially entered a bear market under the leadership of Joe “The Bear” Biden.
So, Biden’s economic agenda (read, just spend more money and inflation declines?) is failing. Hence, The Fed is backing off a bit helping to drive up stock prices.