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.

More On Worst Bond Bubble Burst Since 1949! US Yield Curve Inverts To Lowest Since 2000 (US Mortgage Rate Climbs To 6.59%, UP 129% Under Biden)

And I thought the Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz getting sacked nine times in a game against his former team was bad!

We start the week with another chapter of “The Worst Bond Bubble Burst Since 1949.” This time its the US Treasury 10yr-2yr yield curve inverted to its lowest level since 2000.

Then across the pond, the UK sovereign yield curve is also inverted. But this curve is only inverted to 2008 levels of The Great Recession. The UK 2-year sovereign yield is up over 50 basis points this morning.

Then we have the US Dollar Swaps curve (green line), steeply UPWARD sloping until 6 months, then declining. The same goes for the US Treasury Actives curve (blue line), except that is it steeply upward sloping out to 1 year then begins declining.

And then we have the Bankrate 30-year mortgage rate rising to 6.59%, up 129% since Biden was sworn-in as President.

Also declining since Powell unleashed his monetary Panzers on the economy and financial markets are 1) agency MBS and 2) S&P 500 index.

The stock market’s value is down $7.6 trillion since Biden took office.

When I saw Carson Wentz of the Washington Commanders getting sacked 9 times, I thought maybe Prince Harry was playing instead. Or maybe Meghan Markle.

Price Harry is on the left, Commanders QB Carson Wentz is on the right.

Yikes! German PPI Soars To 45.8% YoY (The New Russian Front?)

The war in Ukraine is still going on and Russia is punishing Germany in terms of energy supply.

It is almost as if the Ukraine war is the NEW Russian front for Germany. The German Producer Price Index YoY surged to 45.8% YoY.

German buyers on Monday briefly reserved capacity to receive Russian gas via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for the first time since the line was shut down three weeks ago, German data showed, but this was later revised and no gas has been flowing.

It was not immediately clear why buyers had submitted requests for capacity when Russia has given no indication since it shut the line that it would restart any time soon.

Russia, which had supplied about 40% of the European Union’s gas before the Ukraine conflict, has said it closed the pipeline because Western sanctions hindered operations. European politicians say that is a pretext and accuse Moscow of using energy as a weapon.

But German inflation, using CPI, is only 7.9%. Something has to give!

On the western front (US), the US Treasury 10yr yield is up +10.2 bps. And sovereign yields in Europe are all above 10 bps.

Fed Tilts Toward Third 75 Basis-Point Hike on Stubborn Inflation (Fed’s Target Rate Expected To Hit 4.395% By March ’23 Then Fall, Mortgage Rates Rising)

Inflation is stubborn because “goin’ green!” by 1) restricting US fossil fuel production and exploration and 2) Biden/Congress endless spending splurge since Covid. So, The Federal Reserve has a tough problem: cooling inflation while US energy prices are up 54% under Biden. And those higher energy prices have percolated through the entire economy in terms of food prices and heating prices.

Where do we sit? The US Treasury 10yr-2yr yield curve remains inverted (a sign of impending recession). Mortgage rates are the highest in 14 years as The Fed tightens.

If we look at Fed Funds Futures data, we can see that traders expect The Fed’s target rate to rise to 4.395% by March 2023’s FOMC meeting. Then traders expect The Fed to take their enormous foot off the tightening pedal.

Yes, inflation is crushing the middle class and low-wage workers. Average hourly earnings YoY after we subtract inflation are negative.

Taylor Rule? Currently, the Taylor Rule based on Core inflation of 4.56% YoY suggests a Fed target rate of 9.14%. Since traders anticipate the target rate to peak at 4.395%, The Fed will almost be halfway towards cooling inflation.

The problem is … Fed Chair Powell and Treasury Secretary Yellen don’t like rules limiting their “power.” Powell and Yellen think the Taylor Rule is a New Jersey ham product.

Weekend Update! Goldman Cuts US Growth Forecast for 2023 After Rate Path Change, FedEx Drops -44 Pts, US Treasury Yield Curve Further Inverts To -42.3 BPS (As Biden Drains The Strategic Petroleum Reserve)

Its a beautiful morning here in Columbus Ohio! Unfortunately, things are not so beautiful for the US economy.

Let’s begin with the US Treasury 10yr-2yr yield curve slope. Historically, the yield curve inverts prior to a recession. As of this sunny morning, the US Treasury yield curve is inverted and sinking further into inversion. Notice that headline inflation (blue line) has increased declined slightly after hitting 40-year highs as The Federal Reserve begins SLOWLY trimming their balance sheet (orange line). The green line is the expectation of Fed rate hikes by the December 2022 FOMC meeting indicating further monetary tightening.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. cut its US economic growth estimates for 2023 after recently boosting its predictions for Federal Reserve interest rate hikes.

US gross domestic product will increase 1.1% in 2023, economists including Jan Hatzius wrote in a note Friday, compared with a forecast of 1.5% previously. The projection for 2022 was left unchanged at 0%. 

Goldman raised its federal funds rate forecast by 75 basis points over the last two weeks for a terminal rate forecast of 4% to 4.25% by the end of 2022.

Then we have Federal Express which plunged -43.85 points on Friday. I use this an example on how inflation begat Fed tightening that begat an economic slowdown.

The Biden Administration is cheering the “Inflation Reduction Act” and the recent decline in the rate of inflation to a gut-wrenching 8.3% YoY. Bear in mind that since Biden was sworn-in as President, WTI Crude Oil is UP 75%, gasoline prices UP 54%, food prices are UP 48% and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is DOWN -32%.

Then we have Gold and Bitcoin relative to the INVERSE of the US Dollar since Biden was installed as President.

But I still get to look out my window and see a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Philly Fed Business Outlook Plunges -10% In September As Fed Tightens Rates (It’s NOT Always Sunny In Philadelphia)

It’s NOT always sunny in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook fell almost -10% in September as The Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy.

On a related note, the share of total net worth held by the bottom 50% in the US (red line) was always higher than the share of total net worth held by the top 1% (blue line) … until The Federal Reserve began QE in late 2008. Under Obama, the top 1% surpassed the bottom 50% in terms of share of total net worth. it equalized under Trump and before Covid. Then the massive QE (and surge in Federal spending) to battle Covid seemingly made the rich even richer and the bottom 50% even poorer. This is Biden’s America … massive Federal subsidies to the wealthy, crumbs for the bottom 50%.

Green energy anyone??

NASAQ Index Plunges 4% On Fed’s Inability To Cool Inflation (Gimme Some Quantitative Tightening!)

That’s the way The Fed likes it!

On today’s inflation report for August, it is clear that The Fed has failed to cool off US inflation, meaning that MOAR QT is on the way.

The NASDAQ composite index plunged -3.85% after The Fed’s failure was released.

The Dow was down “just” -2.70% today. But things are red all over in Europe where they too are failing to tame inflation.

The Fed is probably singing “Give me some quantitative tightening!”

The likelihood of further rate increases just rose to over 4% for the December FOMC meeting.

Jay and The Statists At The Fed!

Pain is coming!

Sundown? Freddie Mac 30Y Mortgage Rate Highest Since Financial Crisis And Advent Of Fed Quantitative Easing (CORE US Inflation For August Expected To Rise To 6.1% YoY)

Is it sundown for housing and mortgage markets with Fed quantitative tightening (QT)?

Freddie Mac’s 30-year mortgage commitment rate just rose to its highest level since … The Fed initiated Quantitative Easing (aka, fanatical money printing) during the financial crisis.

The good news? The US inflation report is likely to show a slowing of the inflation rate to around 8% YoY and -0.1% MoM. Why? Gasoline prices are cooling thanks to the global economic slowdown.

While gasoline and food prices are falling, CORE US inflation, the inflation rate excluding food and energy, is expected to rise to around 6.1% YoY and +0.30% for August.

But watch out as winter approaches!

August Jobs Growth Slows To 315k Added, REAL Wage Growth Continues To Decline -3.3% YoY, Multiple Jobholders Increases (Fed Will Interpret At Green Light To Further Raise Interest Rates)

The August jobs report is out. 315k jobs were added, which was considerably higher than the ADP jobs added report of 132k. Hmm.

Be that as it may, US Average Hourly Earnings YoY remained at 5.2%. That’s a shame since the last inflation report had US inflation at 8.5%. That translates to REAL Average Hourly Earnings YoY of … -3.3%.

Labor force participation rose to 62.4%.

This is a decent jobs report and will likely lead The Fed to continue raising rates, particularly when The Fed sees that multiple jobholders has increased to cope with inflation.

Slowdown! ADP Jobs Added Only 132k Jobs In August As Fed M2 Money Growth Slows

Its a slowdown!

The ADP National Employment Report SA Private Nonfarm Level Change printed this morning confirming what most of us already knew … the US economy is slowing if not already in recession.

The ADP jobs added grew by only 132k in August as The Fed’s M2 Money growth slowed.

Since The Federal Reserve and Federal government overstimulated the economy when Covid surfaced in early 2020, The Fed’s balance sheet expanded to near $9 TRILLION which helped existing home sales median price YoY hit 25.2% in May 2021 but falling to 10.8% YoY in July 2022 as The Fed tightened rates.

It will be a monetary inferno if The Fed decides to actually unwind its $9 trillion balance sheet.