The good news today is new home sales surprised to the upside and grew 7.5% MoM in October. The bad news? Some are now realizing that The Fed’s QE program was a colossal policy mistake because there’s no convincing evidence that central banks’ purchases of trillions of dollars of bonds and other financial assets helped any economy. But it did help create massive asset bubbles!
But back to the surprising new home sales report where economists forecast a -5.5% MoM decline but +7.5% MoM materialized. Notice that The Fed’s balance sheet has barely come down after it exploded upwards with Covid. So, like with the velociraptors in Jurrasic Park, The Fed Balance Sheet is still out if force.
Not surprisingly, the median price of new home sales are up 8.2% MoM (since September).
The Fed’s minutes for their last FOMC meeting will be out at 2pm EST. Let’s see if they discuss WHY they haven’t reduced their balance sheet by much which is contributing to asset bubbles.
Here is The Fed’s Dots plot from the September meeting. I get the impression that The Fed thinks that their target rate will be coming down in 2024 and after.