The Empire Strikes Out! US Producer Price Index Final Demand (Inflation) Hits 10% As NY State General Business Conditions Crash (Russia Winning Economic Demolition Derby With Ukraine)

Bad news. Its the same all over the world.

The US Producer Price Index (PPI) final demand rose 10% YoY in February, further evidence of spiraling inflation under Biden/Pelosi/Schumer’s reign of error.

And speaking of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Empire State Manufacturing Survey (General Business Conditions) crashed to -11.8.

And Russia is losing the economic demolition derby with Ukraine (at least for sovereign debt).

I am still trying to figure out what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) meant by “When we’re having this discussion, it’s important to dispel some of those who say, well it’s the government spending. No, it isn’t. The government spending is doing the exact reverse, reducing the national debt. It is not inflationary.”

Really Nancy?

Here is a chart of Federal government outlays and inflation. Massive expenditures and growth in Federal debt and the resulting inflation. Nancy?

Here is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi trying to figure out the cause of inflation in the US.

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! US Home Prices Grew At 19.1% YoY In January (Is US Housing Market Addicted To Gov?)

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Corelogic released their January housing report and its a doozy.

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 19.1% in January 2022 compared with January 2021. On a month-over-month basis, home prices increased by 1.4% in January 2022 compared with December 2021 (revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results).

But Corelogic is still forecasting only 3.8% YoY growth in 2022.

Home prices are hot, hot, hot in all states except North Dakota and New York. The fastest growing states are lower taxes, higher growth states.

Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego are booming. But Chicago and Washington DC are growing at near 9% YoY.

Case-Shiller’s December report show home prices growing at 18.84% YoY thanks to Fed stimulypto and historic low inventory of homes available for sale.

Is the US housing market addicted to gov?

Let’s see if the five expected rate hikes from The Fed materialize.

Zoltan! On Why the Fed Needs to Spark a Market Crash (As US Housing Starts Decline With Rising Mortgage Rates)

Zoltan!

Credit Suisse’s Zoltan Pozsar thinks The Federal Reserve needs to spark a market crash. Really Zoltan??

If The Fed does its expected “shock and awe” (or shock and awful), it will be more than the stock markets will crash. The housing market could crash too.

Take the current US housing situation with its limited inventory of listings combined with massive Fed stimulypto.

US 1-unit housing starts are down -4.1% in January. But heck, it is January! But on a year-over-year basis, 1-unit housing starts are down -2.4%. But what will happen if The Fed ACTUALLY withdraws its gargantuan monetary stimulus (green line)?

Existing home sales inventory continues to decline as Bankrate’s 30-year mortgage rate starts to climb with expectations of Fed “Shock and Awful.”

Say hello to The Federal Reserve Board of Governors!

The Empire Strikes Out! Empire Manufacturing Index Slumps To Negative Territory As Inflation Roars (WTI Crude Futures UP 79% Since Jan 1st)

Well, Omicron is hitting hard. Not the virus itself, but governments’ reaction to the virus. The NY Empire Manufacturing Index has tanked into negative territory.

New orders are down 5%.

On the energy front, West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil futures are up 79% since January 1, 2021 while regular gasoline prices are up “only” 50% over the same period.

How about inflation and the Treasury yield curve? Inflation has soared to 40-year highs under Biden as energy prices (WTI Crude Futures) have soared 79%.

Container ships are still backed-up at LA and Long Beach ports. I thought Mayor Pete was supposed to fix the port congestion problem!

Maybe they should play the Darth Vader theme when Biden goes to the podium to stammer.

Bad Santa! 10Y Treasury Yields Jump Above 1.60% as Expectation Of Fed Hikes Grows (Mortgage Rates Expected To Rise)

Happy New Year! And Treasuries are off to fast start with investors bailing on Treasuries and buying stocks. AND the expectation that The Fed will raise rates 3 times this year.

The 10-year Treasury Note yield rose above 1.60% this morning.

And the US Treasury 10Y-2Y curve rose to 80.601 basis points.

Fed Funds Futures data is showing 3 rates hikes in 2022. May, September and December.

The Fed Dots project is definitely showing an upward trend in the Fed Funds Target rate with FOMC member forecasting the median target rate to be above 2% by 2024.

Of course, Fed reverse repo activity grew to an all-time high (but it is expected to pare-back).

How about mortgage rates? I expect mortgages rates to rise over 2022 as the 10-year Treasury Note rises.

While The Fed has been acting like Santa Claus with monetary easing since 2008, they are predicted to act like Bad Santas in 2022.

6 months of telling inflation in transitory stories. Now you know why.

What do you say to the Fed Open Market Committee that has resisted raising rates while inflation is the highest in 40 years?

Cautionary note: The Fed is likely to protect economic growth and ignore inflation. So I expect FOMC will continue to reinvest prepayments into Treasury and MBS, pro-rata to the current portfolio.

US Mortgage Purchase Applications UP 3.24% From Previous Week As Mortgage Rates Rose To 3.30% (But Purchase Applications Down 9.3% From Same Week Last Year)

Mortgage purchase applications rose 3.24% from the previous week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. However, purchase applications are down 9.3% from

Mortgage refinancing applications declined -1.57% from the previous week as mortgage rates rose from 3.23% to 3.30%.