Transitory? Temporary? What Happens When The COVID Stimulus Is Removed? GameStop, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Gold And M2 Money

I love how The Federal Reserve talking heads, the media, economists like Paul Krugman, all refer to inflation as “transitory” and excessive liquidity as “temporary.”

Let’s look at a variety of alternative investments to the S&P 500, GameStop, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Gold after The Federal Reserve’s and Federal government massive (over)reaction to COVID in early 2020. Gold is the first asset to surge after M2 Money surged, but has declined since. Game Stop had a big surge (likely due to positive vibes on Reddit), but has been volatile and generally falling since “The Surge.” Bitcoin had a delayed surge as did Ethereum. Despite fear about government regulation, Ethereum in particular remains elevated.

The “temporary” stimulus has resulted in the lowest M2 Money velocity in history. And we will have to see if the “temporary” excess liquidity in the financial system is truly temporary.

Here is a chart to show the “Stimulytpo” effect on commercial and industrial loans which surged (including PPP loans) but have simmered down to pre-COVID levels.

The earnings for GameStop were terrible (down 39.7% YoY). But at least Christmas season is upon us and maybe GameStop will surge with a good retail spending season.

But what happens to markets if the Federal government “stimulypto” is removed? If it ever is.

What’s Wrong With This Picture? Fed Reverse Repo Usage Continues To Grow Along With Fed’s Balance Sheet (Reverse Repos At All-time High)

I love listening to Fed talking heads (or Fear The Talking Fed). They mostly seem to acknowledge that inflation is a problem and that the excessive monetary stimulus should be reduced.

But then I see the chart of The Fed’s balance sheet and The Fed’s reverse repo operations.

Then we have Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller saying that Th Fed could start raising interest rates as early as its March 15-16 meeting, after deciding to end asset purchases sooner than planned. My question is … why wait until the March meeting?

Is it fear of the Omincron Variant (which sounds like a Frederick Forsyth thriller)? Does The Fed not want to rock the boat prior to the Christmas season? The US is at or near full employment, so what is the real reason for delaying a rate increase until March or June? Or the fear that Congress won’t pass Biden’s Build Back Better Act?

Fed Funds Futures infer that one rate hike will occur at the June Fed Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting and one at the November meeting.

So will Powell get back in the saddle again and actually do his job?