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.

Winter Is Coming … For Mortgage Markets! Monthly Mortgage Payments SOAR As Fed Tightens Noose On Economy

We’ve got a line on The Federal Reserve. They don’t seem to care about housing and the mortgage market.

Monthly mortgage payments are soaring as home prices soar AND mortgage rates soar.

Mortgage rates have soared with Fed noose tightening.

Something has to give. Otherwise, winter is coming.

The theme song of The Federal Reserve thinking that rising prices can be tamed by raising rates is “Dear Mr Fantasy.”

Alarm! US Industrial Production Slows To 0.2% In May, Lower Than Expected As Fed Tightens The Monetary Noose (It’s NOT Always Sunny In Philadelphia)

Alarm!

As The Federal Reserve tightens the monetary noose (Fed Chair Powell said Fed ‘acutely focused’ on returning inflation to 2%), the US economy is slowing. In fact, May’s Industrial Production report is half of what was expected. Industrial production declined to 0.20% MoM versus the expected 0.4%. At the same time, capacity utilization rose slightly to 79%., but still below expectations.

Mortgage rates are rising rapidly, but the growth has cooled slightly as the economy cools.

Bitcoin is getting demolished by The Fed’s reaction to inflation.

And “It’s Not Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” Since the Philadelphia Fed’s Business General Conditions has dropped into negative territory with, among other things, The Fed’s monetary tightening. And they’ve only just begun (no Carpenters’ songs!).

Here is Phil Hall’s article on housing and The Federal Reserve’s noose tightening. US housing starts dove -14.4% MoM as mortgage rates soared.

If the Biden Administration and Federal Reserve jointly produced a dating site …

But its most central banks too. Look at German home prices against the ECB’s balance sheet

US Recession Odds At 71.7%, NASDAQ Tanks -4%, Fed Dots Plot Sags (I Couldn’t Sleep At All Last Night)

I couldn’t sleep at all last night … after The Fed cranked up their target rate 75 basis points.

The odds of a recession grew to 71.7% as The Fed hikes rates.

Over the next 24 months, the probability of a US recession is 98.5%.

The NASDAQ index tanked -4% today on the fallout from yesterday’s Fed actions.

Do I detect a trend in The Fed’s latest Dot Plot??

So, will The Fed continue to go head-over-heels on monetary tightening?

Opening Hell! The Morning After The Fed’s 75 BPS Rate Increase, 10Y Treasury Yield Spikes +11.5 bps, S&P 500 E-mini Down -1.8% (US Housing Starts Plunge -14.4% MoM In May)

Like in the movie The Poseidon Adventure, we can all sing “The Morning After.”

On the heels of The Fed’s 75 basis point surge in the target rate, the US Treasury yield jumped +11.5 BPS as of 8:30 AM EST. The S&P 500 E-mini futures contract is down -1.8%.

As investors brace for a recession, mortgage rates dropped to 6.03%.

Gasoline prices remain near $5 per gallon, diesel prices are near $6 per gallon and The Fed’s massive balance sheet is still in force.

On the housing front, US housing starts plunged -14.4% MoM in May, the biggest decline under Biden.

While housing starts were down -14.4% MoM in May, single-family detached home were down only -9.16%. It was 5+ unit (multifamily) starts that were down -26.83% MoM.

Good morning peeps! Reality is dawning after the market surge yesterday after investors celebrated that The Fed could have raised rates even more.

US Real GDP Sinks To -0.002% As Fed Meets To Discuss Monetary Tightening (Declining Purchasing Power Of US Dollar)

While expected, it is still unwelcome news.

The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow real-time GDP forecast for Q2 just sank into negative territory at -0.002%.

Let’s see how Real GDP does if The Fed actually withdraws its stimulus needle.

And consumer purchasing power keeps diving as The Fed keeps printing money.

We’re Goin’ Down! Treasury Curves Goes Negative As Mortgage Rates Hit 5.87% As Fed Tightens Its Choke Hold

We’ve goin’ down!

The US Treasury 10Y-5Y yield curve has gone into negative territory (which usually occurs before a recession). At the same time, US mortgage rates are climbing like Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick” to 5.87% as The Fed tightens its choke hold on markets.

The 10Y-5Y Treasury curve typically goes negative before a recession.

And then we have today’s PPI report (Producer Price Index), rising 10.8% YoY as M2 Money stock starts to decline a bit.

Here is a better view of mortgage rates under Biden/Powell.

I hate this chart from John Burns.

Biden/Powell/Pelosi/Schumer are collectively “Mr Freeze.”

Closing Hell! NASDAQ Tanks -4.58%, 10Y Treasury Yield Spikes +22 Basis Points, 10Y-2Y Yield Curve Flattens To Near Zero (MBS Prices Pull A Titanic)

Not nibbling on baby formula, watching the sun bake, all those people paying $5 per gallon for gas. Wasting away again in Biden/Powellville.

It was closing hell for a terrible day in markets as investors struggle to process the dreadful and seemingly endless inflation report on Friday.

What happened today? The NASDAQ tanked -4.58% and the 10-year Treasury yield jumped 22.2 basis points. Gulp.

The 22.2 bps jump in the 10-year Treasury yield has led to Agency MBS prices pulling a Titanic and sank.

Somehow, I don’t think that Biden and Congress are going to help the middle class and low-wage workers.

Opening Hell! Markets In Sea Of Red Thanks To Global Slowdown And Fed Signals Of Tightening (Global Markets In Sea Of Red)

Today’s opening bell is “Opening Hell!”

US Treasury 10Y yields are up +12.1 basis points as of 9:40am EST. And rising across the globe.

Equity markets? Dow is down -621.93 points and the NASDAQ is down almost -3%. But equity markets are down across the globe.

Commodities? Once again, all commodities in the red except corn (which I don’t eat) and natural gas.

Speaking of opening hell. The US Treasury 10Y-2Y yield flattened to 7 basis points.

And then we have Markit’s Credit Default Swaps index rising to the highest level since Covid (April 2020).

Markets are in a “Sea of Red.”