JOLT! US Job Openings Plunge To Covid-Lockdown Levels (Will The Fed Notice??)

Ain’t this a kick in the head!

US job openings in August plunged to the grim days of the Covid lockdown. According to the JOLTs numbers, US job openings fell by -1,117.

But will The Fed notice? Or continue their inflation fight??

America! US 30yr Mortgage Rates Declines To 6.85% As US Home Prices Retreat From Highs (Will The Fed Pivot To Increase M2 Money Again?)

I was confused when President Biden claimed ‘I was sort of raised in the Puerto Rican community’ in Delaware.” Here are Joe and Jill Biden singing “America.” Apparently, Biden was in the Sharks gang and Trump’s MAGA supporters are the Jets.

On the real estate side, Bankrate’s 30-year mortgage rate dropped to 6.85% as the 10-year US Treasury yield drops.

On the home price front, according to the Black Knight Home Price Index (HPI), median home prices fell 0.98% in August, only marginally better than July’s upwardly revised 1.05% monthly decline July. August 2022 marked the largest single-month price declines seen since January 2009 and rank among the eight largest on record. The monthly rate of home price decline is now rivaling that seen during the Great Recession – the question is how long it will continue to do so, and how far off peaks prices will fall.

Now, will The Fed pivot to correct the plunging M2 Money growth?

Here is Joe Biden’s memory of a Maga rumble from Wilmington Delaware. I assume Trump is Riff and Biden is Bernado. But where is Corn Pop??

Great Reset?? US Treasury 10yr Yield Tanks -20 Basis Points (UK 10yr Tanks -24.1 BPS)

As I frequently told my investment and fixed-income securities students at Chicago, Ohio State and George Mason University, any 10 basis point change in the US Treasury 10-year yield is significant.

But how about today’s 20 basis point decline in the US Treasury 10-year yield?

The UK’s 10-year yield is down even more at -24.1 basis points. Germany is down -18 bps and France is down -10.3 bps.

Speaking of credit default swaps, Credit Suisse is back to financial crisis levels while UBS and Deutsche Bank are not … yet.

And gold jumped $28.5 dollars today as POP goes the yield.

With all the turbulence in markets thanks to the war in Ukraine and Biden’s green energy mandates and spending (not to mention Statists like Klaus Schwab screaming about a Great Reset), I was reminiscing about more simple times.

Livin’ In Biden’s Paradise! Percentage Of NYSE Stocks Closing Above 200 Day Moving Average Collapses To 13.48% (Bollinger Band, Fibonacci, Elliott Wave, Ichimoku)

My 401k is Livin’ in Biden’s Paradise.

The percentage of NYSE stocks closing above the 200 day moving average has collapsed to 13.48% as The Fed tightens to fight Bidenflation.

Bollinger Bands? The lower band is near breaking.

Fibonacci retracement? NOT retracing.

Elliott Wave? I feel like I am at the bottom at Nazare, Portugal.

Ichimoku cloud? The NYA index is so far below the cloud it has landed.

Yes, I feel like my 401k is surfing at Nazare, Portugal.

Wasting Away In Bidenville! Dow Tanks -500 Points On Friday As Fed Reaffirms Their Fight On Bidenflation

My investments are wasting away in Bidenville! Looking for my lost 401k value.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was DOWN -500 points on Friday as The Federal Reserve continues their fight against inflation (green line).

If fact, since January 4, 2022, the Dow is down -22%.

Negative wage growth, relentless inflation, collapsing 401ks, we are wasting away in Bidenville.

Hey Joe! Where is the US economy? With Jackie Walorski??

When Temporary Seems Permanent: Overnight Repos Hit All-time High, $2.366 TRILLION (MOVE Bond Volatility Index Near Covid Recession High)

When temporary seems permanent?

Banks get to park money at The Federal Reserve overnight in the form of repurchase agreements (or repos). But as inflation is raging in the US, banks have parked a record $2.366 TRILLION at The Federal Reserve.

The MOVE bond volatility index keeps rising as inflation roars and The Fed fights back,

The US bond volatility index is now almost as high as during the Covid Crisis and approaching financial crisis levels.

US Pending Home Sales PLUNGE -22.5% YoY In August As Fed Continues Panzer-like Assault Against Inflation And Consumers

The scalding inflation rate crippling middle class Americans and low-wage workers is causing The Federal Reserve to take action by finally tightening their monetary policy.

As such we are seeing a rapid decline in the US housing market in terms of sales. For August, pending home sales declined -22.5% YoY as expectations of further Fed rate hikes (blue line) soars. Note that impact of The Fed’s and Federal government “sugar rush” after the Covid outbreak in early 2020 and its impact on pending home sales.

Without the “sugar rush,” pending home sales are dying.

Speaking of a sugar crash, risk parity ETF is down 32% from high.

The culprit? The Federal Reserve’s Panzer onslaught! With its leader, Heinz Wilhelm Guderian Jerome Powell.

The Dow is up 500 points today on the expectation that The Fed will stop tightening in the face of global chaos.

As UK 10yr yields fall -50 BPS!! And US T-10 yield drop -20.8 basis points.

Here is a photo of The Federal Reserve attacking American consumers to reduce inflation caused by Biden’s green energy policies and insane spending by Biden/Pelosi/Schumer.

Will Janet Yellen and Jerome Powell be awarded Panzer assault medals for 1) leaving monetary stimulus too large for too long then 2) suddenly tightening stimulus?

Why Is Everything I Consume Going Up By >10% When The Inflation Rate Is “Only” 6.3% YoY? (Under Biden, Gasoline Is UP 55%, Foodstuffs UP 47%, Electricity UP 957%, Rents UP 12.5% YoY)

According to the BLS, US core inflation is 6.3% and headline inflation is 8.3% YoY. But everything I consume seems to be going up at a much faster rate?

Under Biden, regular gasoline price is UP 55%, CRB Foodstuffs UP 47%, rents UP 12.5% YoY and electricity is UP 957%.

And as The Fed continues to signal monetary tightening, the spread between 30Y FNCL Par Coupon and the 10-year Treasury yield keeps growing.

In case you watched the Buffalo Bills play the Miami Dolphins yesterday, you may remember this punt by the Dolphins. It almost perfectly represents what The Federal Reserve and Biden Administration are doing to the American middle class and low-wage workers.

The Great Bond Bubble Is ‘Poof, Gone’ In Worst Year Since 1949, MBS Bursting Too (At Least The REAL Freddie Mac Mortgage Rate Is Negative, -2.975%)

Pension funds hold large positions in US Treasuries and Agency Mortgage-backed Securities (MBS). As does America’s central bank, The Federal Reserve. All are suffering losses as The Fed fights inflation.

(Bloomberg) — Week by week, the bond-market crash just keeps getting worse and there’s no clear end in sight.

With central banks worldwide aggressively ratcheting up interest rates in the face of stubbornly high inflation, prices (created by The Fed, Biden’s Green Energy Follicies and reckless Federal spending) are tumbling as traders race to catch up. And with that has come a grim parade of superlatives on how bad it has become.

On Friday, the UK’s five-year bonds tumbled by the most since at least 1992 after the government rolled out a massive tax-cut plan that may only strengthen the Bank of England’s hand. Two-year US Treasuries are in the middle of the the longest losing streak since at least 1976, dropping for 12 straight days. Worldwide, Bank of America Corp. strategists said government bond markets are on course for the worst year since 1949, when Europe was rebuilding from the ruins of World War Two.

The escalating losses reflect how far the Federal Reserve and other central banks have shifted away from the monetary policies of the pandemic, when they held rates near zero to keep their economies going. The reversal has exerted a major drag on everything from stock prices to oil as investors brace for an economic slowdown.

And as The Fed tries to combat stubborn inflation (caused by The Fed, Biden’s Green Energy folly and reckless Federal spending), you can see the US government security liquidity is worsening.

At least inflation has produced one “positive.” REAL mortgage rates are NEGATIVE since Freddie Mac’s 30-year mortgage rate less headline inflation is currently -2.975%.

Then we have Agency MBS (example, FNCL 3% MBS) plunging like a paralyzed falcon as duration risk increases with Fed rate tightening.

Fed Funds Futures data points to tightening until May ’23, then a reversal of rate hikes.

We’re Going Down! US Treasury 10yr-2yr Yield Curve Inverts To -54.4 BPS, Lowest Since Volcker’s War On Inflation

We’re going down!

As The Federal Reserve battles inflation (caused by excessive monetary stimulus since 2008), Biden’s green energy policies and excess Federal government spending), we can see that the US Treasury 10yr-2yr yield curve has inverted to -54.4 basis points, the lowest since 1982 after Fed Chair Paul Volcker’s war on inflation.

The US Treasury 10yr-2yr yield curve typically inverts (or goes below zero) several months prior to a recession and is most inverted since 1982.

Fed Funds futures data points to the target rate rising to 4.613% by the May ’23 FOMC meeting … then declining.

Since this is rather miserable news for the economy, I will now play my favorite Bruce Springsteen tune, Sherry Darling.

At least the Dow Jones mini-me futures are up this morning.

The US Dollar/Euro cross currency is rising with Fed tightening.