Four Horsemen! US Consumer Sentiment Plunges To Lowest Level In History (Home Buying Sentiment Falls To Lowest Since 1982) As Inflation And Home Price Growth Rage

What a legacy for Biden/Pelosi/Schumer/Powell, the four horsemen of the inflation apocalypse.

As inflation soars, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index plunged to its lowest level in history.

None of the contributions to consumer sentiment are positive.

The good news? The University of Michigan Buying Conditions for housing only fell to its lowest level since 1982.

Speaking of housing, more than 8 million Americans are late on rent as prices increase.

The four horsemen of the inflation apocalypse.

The DC Stomp! New Home Sales Decline -5.9% YoY, Median Price Rises +42% YoY As Fed Stimulypto Still In Place

The kids running Washington DC are not as sharp as pistols (which they want to take away) when they do the DC stomp.

Thanks to massive Fed monetary stimulus still stalking the housing market, US new home sales rose +10.7% MoM (from April to May), but were down -5.9% YoY (from May 2021 to May 2022) as mortgage rates rose.

Median price of new home sales rose 42% since May 2021, thanks to Fed stimulypto. And Federal government stimulus spending.

Yes, like the predators from the movies, The Fed’s balance sheet is still stalking markets.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell.

Sign Of The Times! US Gasoline Prices Decline To $4.94, Diesel Prices Rise To $5.80 As Recession Fears Mount (Reverse Repos At Fed Hit All-time High)

The talk of a gasoline tax “holiday” out of Washington DC is pure Kabuki theater. It is purely a sign of the times with Biden still trying to blame Putin for rising gasoline prices and inflation and ignoring his anti-fossil fuel policies that helped drive energy prices AND inflation through the roof.

Daily regular gasoline prices have dipped below $5.00 to $4.94 while diesel fuel, the lifeline of the shipping industry, rose slightly to $5.80. I guess the folks shipping food and other goods don’t get a holiday.

Note that the implied Fed target rate has fallen a bit as the probability of a recession increases.

And why are banks stashing so much money at The Fed in the form of reverse repos? Fear of recession, perhaps?

The Biden Administration is settling all kinds of records, and none are good.

Slippin’ Into Darkness! US Mortgage Rates Decline Slightly As Recession Probability Spikes (Will Fed U-turn From Inflation Fighting To Recession Fighting?)

Slippin’ Into Darkness!

Despite what Biden and his muppets say, there is a good chance that the US will slip into recession over the next 24 months. And with that, we are seeing a slight drop in US mortgage rates.

Inflation is surging, and The Fed seems intent on “inflation fighting” but may have to pause that fight the impending recession. This is called a “U-turn” although Powell didn’t mention that is his testimony yesterday.

According to Mortgage News Daily, the 30-year fixed dropped below 6% to 5.88%.

Europe is signaling their u-turn to recession fighting as 10-year sovereign yield have dropped over 10 basis points this morning. Australia and New Zealand are dropping hard as well.

Here is the Federal Reserve’s open market committee deciding on the direction of interest rates … inflation fighting or recession fighting?

Hot, Hot, Hot! Mortgage Purchase Applications UP 6% WoW, Refi Applications DOWN -3.1% WoW As Fed Keeps Massive Covid Stimulus In Place (AEI Home Price Index UP 17% YoY In May)

Although mortgage rates have been rising quite fast, The Fed’s balance sheet is only being reduced quite slowly, leading to a continuation of the hot, hot, hot housing market.

But the expectation of Fed rate hikes is causing mortgage rates to soar and borrowers are trying to get buy housing before The Fed chokes off rates.

Mortgage applications increased 4.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 17, 2022.

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 8 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 6 percent compared with the previous week and was 10 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The Refinance Index decreased 3 percent from the previous week and was 77 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) national home price index for May 2022 averaged 17.0%, down from 17.5% a month ago but up from 15.3% a year ago.

So, the housing market remains hot, hot, hot but not mortgage refi applications. But Powell and Company will likely choke-off purchase applications as well.

WTI Crude Oil Futures Breaks $110 Barrier As Crack Spread UP 535% Under Biden (Diesel Fuel UP 121%)

The US is a movin’ on up to the high side … of energy prices.

Today, WTI crude oil futures broke through the $110 barrier.

The WTI Crude crack spread, the differential between the price of crude oil and petroleum products extracted from it, is up 535% under President “I HATE OIL!” Biden and diesel fuel is up 121%.

WTI crude is up 1% today.

“Crack? I thought crack was something that Hunter did!” – Joe Biden

Mr Freeze! Existing Home Sales Drop -3.39% MoM In May, Median Price Growth At 14.8% YoY, Inventory Rises Slightly As Fed Stimulus Continues

Rising energy prices, rising home prices, rising mortgage rates, declining hope.

But as The Federal Reserve begins to withdraw it Covid stimulus, existing home sales declined -3.39% in May from April.

But like Covid itself, The Fed’s outrageous monetary stimulus is still in place, helping caused median home prices to rise 14.8% YoY. And inventory for sale is rising, but still remains low.

Jointly, Treasury Secretary Yellen and Fed Chair Powell are “Mr Freeze.”

Cleveland Ohio? 5 Of The Top 10 Foreclosure Zip Codes As Home Prices Rise 31.5% Since Covid Stimulypto (Q2 Real GDP Falls To 0% Growth)

How crazy was The Federal Reserve’s overreaction to the government shutdowns surrounding the Covid epidemic? While most analysts talk about California, I am going to discuss … Cleveland Ohio as an example of how The Fed can destroy markets.

The Case-Shiller home price index for Cleveland rose 31.5% since January 2020 just before The Fed unleashed its massive monetary stimulus on an unsuspecting city.

But as The Fed starts to tighten monetary policy after Yellen’s too loose for too long policies followed by Powell, foreclosure rates are soaring in Cleveland. In fact, according to Attom Data, 5 of the top 10 zip codes with the worst foreclosure rates in May 2022 were in Cleveland.

Of course, Cleveland is much like much of the rust belt (except Columbus Ohio). The rust belt is losing population along with heavy tax states like New York and Illinois. Destination states? Texas, Florida, the Carolinas and Tennessee.

Then at the national level, Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow real-time tracker fell to 0% growth.

Bitcoin Rallies To $20k As Yellen Confesses That Inflation Will Remain High For 2022 (So, Monetary Tightening ISN’T The Answer??)

US Treasury Secretary and former Federal Reserve Chain, Janet Yellen, admitted on ABC’s This Week that US inflation is “unacceptably high”and prices are likely to stick with consumers through 2022, and that the US economy is likely to slow down.

“We’ve had high inflation so far this year, and that locks in higher inflation for the rest of the year,” she said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” 

“I expect the economy to slow,” she said, adding: “But I don’t think a recession at all inevitable.”

US inflation accelerated to 8.6% in May, a fresh 40-year high that signals price pressures are becoming entrenched in the economy. Those figures dashed any hope that inflation was starting to ebb, prompting the Federal Reserve to unleash its biggest interest-rate increase since 1994.

Hey, I thought strangling the US mortgage market and housing markets was supposed to cool the inflation rate, Janet.

On the good news/bad news front, cryptocurrency Bitcoin fell to $17,600 earlier today before rebounding to above $20,000 as the expectation of further Fed rate increases diminished (Yellen admitted the economy is slowing).

Yellen ignored rising mortgage rates which is putting a chokehold on the US housing market.

Hey Janet! So you are admitting that Biden’s energy policies AND massive Congressional spending bills ARE helping to drive prices through the roof and that Fed rate increases won’t tame the savage inflation beast?

Winter Is Coming 2! Mortgage Rates Hit 6%, Gasoline Prices Hit $5, Inflation Continues To Rage (Taylor Rule Implies 22.10% Target Rate, Only At 1.75%)

Where is Stanford’s John Taylor when we need him?

Even since the housing bubble burst and ensuing financial crisis on 2007-2008, The Federal Reserve under Ben “The Savior!” Bernanke, Janet Yellen and Jerome Powell let their zero/low interest rate policies be too low for too long that anyone with common sense knew would lead to serious problems when The Fed was forced (this time by inflation) to end the massive OVER monetary stimulus. We are now living through The Great Reset of the US economy.

Since Biden was sworn-in as President (or El Presidente) in January 2021, 30-year mortgage rates are up 108% to 6%, regular gasoline prices are up 108% to $5 a gallon nationally. Inflation is up to 8.6% YoY.

Bernanke, Yellen and Powell did not follow any rule per se, just a “seat of the pants” panic button approach. Using the Mankiw specification of the Taylor Rule model, the Fed Funds target rate should be 13.25% based on CORE PCE. Notice starting in 2014, The TR suggested target rate started to be higher than the actual Fed target rate. And since the Covid monetary blast of 2020, the gap between the Taylor Rule and Fed target rate (red area) has grown to near the highest level in history. Even now Mohamed A. El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, is starting to admit that The Fed’s ZIRP policies are beginning to hurt.

But if we use total inflation rather than core inflation, the measure that picks up the actual pain that Americans are feeling from rising gasoline prices and mortgage rate, we get a Fed Target rate of 22.10%. Since The Fed’s current target rate is only 1.75%, The Fed has “Room To Move.”

And in a painful. bad way.

Bernanke, Yellen and Powell must think that The Taylor Rule is the New Jersey ham pork roll.