Weekend Update! Gasoline Prices UP 101% Under Biden, Mortgage Rates UP 89%, Foodstuffs UP 58% (Crude Oil Futures UP 142%)

This is not the legacy that will endear President Biden to voters. Regular gasoline prices have risen 101% under Biden.

But it not just gasoline and diesel that are soaring (while the rest of us are sore!), CRB Foodstuffs are up 58% under Biden while the 30-year mortgage rate is up 89% under Biden.

And this morning, WTI crude futures are up +1.71%.

And up 142% under Biden.

Prices are sizzling and clobbering the American middle class and low wage workers. But former Federal Reserve Chair and current US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen never saw it coming.

Biden’s just killing us. And Powell is making up for Yellen’s keeping monetary stimulus too high for too long. Price? Mortgage rates are soaring.

March Madness! Case-Shiller National Home Price Index Soars To +20.55% YoY In March (Fastest In History) As Fed Keeps Monetary Stimulus In Place

Yes, its the housing market’s version of “March Madness!”

The Case-Shiller National Home Price Index for March was released this morning and it was a doozy. The Case-Shiller National home price index YoY accelerated to a whopping +20.55%.

And at +20.55%, it is the fastest price growth in history! Even the peak of the infamous 2000s housing bubble was only +14.51% in September 2005.

Why do we have historic highs in home price growth? The Federal Reserve’s monstrous Covid stimulus (green line) is still in place.

Washington DC is the slowest growing metro area in the US while Tampa FL, Phoenix AZ, Miami FL and Dallas TX are all above 30% YoY.

Let’s see what happens when The Fed FINALLY removes its Covid stimulus as mortgage rates rise.

Remember, Janet Yellen (who left monetary stimulus in place for too long under Obama) is now US Treasury Secretary.

US Q1 Real GDP Worse Than Expected -1.5% QoQ, Price Inflation Worse Than Expected 8.1% QoQ (At Least Personal Consumption Was Up 3.1%)

Today’s US Real GDP was worse than economists expected.

US Real GDP Annualized QoQ printed at -1.5%. And GDP prices QoQ printed at 8.1%, also higher than expected.

At least Personal Consumption printed higher than expected at 3.1%.

Import prices (goods) led the way at 20.9%. Part of Biden’s brilliant strategy of reducing domestic oil production and import expensive energy from overseas?

Consumers are spending more, but the personal savings rate is down to the lowest level since 2013 at 6.2% as consumers try to cope with inflation.

US Q1 GDP Forecast -1.3%, Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow Q2 Tracker Only +1.8% (M2 Money Velocity Remains Near All-time Low)

The US Q1 GDP report is due out tomorrow morning. The forecast is for -1.3% decline in GDP.

The Atlanta Fed GDPNow real-time GDP tracker is for 1.806% for Q2. If this holds, then recession fears will diminish.

Even though the US may avoid consecutive negative GDP quarters, M2 Money Velocity (GDP/M2 Money) got crushed by The Fed’s reaction to Covid back in 2020.

Talk about a bad return on “the people’s money”.

Slowing? US Closed House Sales Down -9.50% YoY As Mortgage Rates Rise On Fed Tightening (New Listings Down -5.7% YoY)

US home prices were growing at a near 20% YoY rate for the latest Case-Shiller National home price index report. But mortgage rates have soaring like a SpaceX missile shot.

The result? Closed sales for April 2022 are down -9.5% YoY.

Of course, I am moving to one of the metro areas in the USA where closed sales fell only -1.10% YoY in April: Columbus Ohio. I should move to San Diego CA where closed sales fell -21.4% YoY.

Of course, the US still suffers from lack of available inventory for sale.

April new listings are down -5.7% YoY. Columbus Ohio didn’t change from April ’21. San Diego is down -18.4% YoY for new listings.

Rising mortgage rates? Inflation? What a total fiasco.

Inflation Fightin’ Fed? Fed Can’t Fight Food And Energy Inflation, But They Can Crash The Housing Market (To Tame Total Inflation, Fed Would Have To Raise Rates To 21.38%!)

Inflation Fightin’ Fed?

Kansas City Fed President Esther George said The Fed isn’t focused on impact of rates on stocks (or pension funds, apparently).

The inflation that is crushing Americans is due to energy and food price increases. That is, the non-core inflation. Under Biden, food is up 63%, gasoline is up 92% and diesel prices are up 112%. But The Fed doesn’t consider food and energy prices, per se.

If we look at the Taylor Rule considering fighting inflation including food and energy, The Fed would have to raise their target rate to … 21.38%.

Now, The Fed can clearly cool-off the housing market by raising rates. In fact, my fear is that they go too far and crash the housing market. The Fed will NEVER get to 20% again like we last saw under Volcker in 1981. 20% rates certainly cooled home prices back then and Fed rate hikes helped crash the housing market in 2008.

So, when The Fed says they want to be the inflation-fightin’ Fed, we must be aware what The Fed can and cannot do. They can’t tame the inflation beast in the form of food and energy prices (unless they crash the economy), but they can crush home prices.

Fear The Talking Fed! US Industrial Production/Capacity Utilization Rise In The Face Of Inflation (M2 Velocity Near All-time Low As M2 Money YoY Still Sizzling At 9.85% YoY)

Most of us are painfully aware of rising food prices, particularly with the US fighting a proxy war with Russia. Wheat prices have doubled under Biden and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

But inflation is everywhere. Rising home prices, rising gasoline and diesel prices, etc. When Jeep can see a Wagoneer for $100,000+, you know we have inflation.

The surprise this morning was retail sales, up 0.9% MoM (though still less than expected), despite rising prices. Odd since REAL wage growth is negative.

But the other bit of good news this AM is that US industrial production rose +1.1% MoM in April. And US Capacity Utilization is rising dangerously towards 80%, it is at 79% in April.

You will notice that Fed monetary tightening occurs when capacity utilization hits 80%, indicating an overheated (or OVERSTIMULATED) economy. Yes, we still have The Fed Funds Target Rate (Upper Bound) at only 1% and The Fed Balance Sheet still near $9 trillion. So, Fed stimulypto is still in play.

Meanwhile, M2 Money Velocity is near its historic low and M2 Money YoY is still sizzling at 9.85% YoY.

Wheat prices have doubled under Biden, and you can see how wheat futures soared when Russia invaded Ukraine.

So, despite The Fed’s intent to tighten, The Federal Reserve and Fed government are still overstimulating the economy. But what happens when the stimulus is gone?

Fear the Talking Fed!

Dark Night! Consumer Sentiment And Home Buying Sentiment Plunge With Bidenflation And Fed Monetary Tightening

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Nothing has been the same since Covid and The Federal Reserve’s massive overreaction to the government shutdowns of the economy.

Notice how the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (white line) has plunged since Covid and the ensuing rise in inflation. University of Michigan’s Buying Conditions for Houses has also plunged to new depths.

Yes, Bidenflation is just killing us.

Rising inflation (highest in 40 years) and hottest home price bubble (even hotter than the infamous housing bubble of 2005-2007) AND rising mortgage rates have placed a damper on home buying sentiment.

The theme song for the Biden economy is The Blasters’ Dark Night.

Meanwhile, the middle class is left with leftovers.

Good News! Flexible Price Inflation Cools To … 20%, Export Prices Cool To 18% YoY As Jerome “Slowhand” Powell Reappointed As Fed Chairman (Taylor Rule Suggests Fed Rate Of 13.89%)

The US Senate yesterday confirmed the reappointment of Jerome “Slowhand” Powell as Federal Reserve Chairman.

The good news? Atlanta Fed’s Flexible CPI YoY cooled to 20% in April. The bad news? Flexible prices are still growing at 20% while wages are growing at 5.5% YoY.

On the export front, export prices are cooling and were at 18% YoY in April, down slightly from March. Import prices cooled to 12% YoY as The Federal Reserve has slowed asset purchases.

I would have preferred President Biden appoint a serious Federal Reserve Chairman liked Stanford University’s John Taylor (of Taylor Rule fame). In his honor, here is the Mankin version of the Taylor Rule which calls for a Fed Funds Target Rate of 13.89% while the current Fed Funds Target Rate under Powell and the Gang is … 1%.

Call it the Powell Boogie. At a very slow speed.

Powell is indeed “Slowhand.”

Freddie Mac 30Y Mortgage Rate Skyrockets To 5.30% (Feddie And The Dreamers?)

The Freddie Mac 30-year mortgage rate is rising faster than a SpaceX moonshot!

I’m telling your now that The Fed is killing the dreams of millions of Americans by pricing them out of the housing market. Home price growth is lethal as is the increase in mortgage rates.

Do The Feddy!