The Markets No Longer Believe the Fed. Buckle Up.

Monday, September 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

By: Graham Summers
GoldSeek.com
Monday, 25 September 2017

The Fed wants us to believe that it remains hawkish, that it will begin the process of unwinding its $4.5 trillion balance sheet next month and that it will hike rates again this year.

The markets aren’t buying it, even for a second.

The top performing asset class after the Fed concluded its announcement on Wednesday was… TREASURIES: the asset class that should DROP hard if the Fed intends to raise rates.

Apparently bonds didn’t believe that Fed Chair Janet Yellen was going to hike rates again for more than a few hours. As a result of this, the long-Treasuries ETF (TLT) actually OUTPERFORMED the S&P 500 as well as the NASDAQ post the FOMC.

Again, LONG-Treasuries beat Tech stocks after the Fed FOMC. The market doesn’t believe the Fed will be hiking rates again this year. Heck, the market doesn’t even believe that the Fed has a clue anymore.

As for the Fed’s proposal to unwind its balance sheet… does anyone remotely believe this will happen to any significant degree?

We know from Fed transcripts that Janet Yellen was worried about a balance sheet unwind as far back as 2009 when the Fed balance sheet was just $1.0 trillion. Somehow that same woman is now fully confident the Fed will be able to do this now that the balance sheet is the size of a G-7 country’s economy at $4.5 trillion?

Give us a break.

The reality is that the second the stock market begins to take a nosedive, the Fed will begin walking back any talk of balance sheet normalization. Indeed, the only reason the Fed is even floating this idea is because stocks are at nosebleed levels. And with the Fed having failed miserably to generate economic growth, job creation or anything else, stock levels remain the one area of success to which the Fed can point.

Are they really going to jeopardize that, especially since Fed Chair Janet Yellen openly admitted the Fed considers “asset price levels” for its rate hikes (asset prices in Fed speak means stock levels)?

Nope.

The second stocks drop, the Fed will end its hawkishness. Indeed, judging by the looks of the $USD, the markets already know that the Fed will probably be talking about easing within 12 months time.

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