This is the sort of bullshit one should expect from the Fed. Remember this always: it is their job to make stocks go higher. Without a positive wealth effect, pensions get defunded, budgets disjointed, chaos reigns supreme. If you’re shorting stocks and betting on a black swan, just know you’re taking on a low probability trade.
“With an increase in the target range at this meeting, the federal funds rate would be at or close to the lower end of the range of estimates of the longer-run neutral interest rate, and participants expressed that recent developments, including the volatility in financial markets and the increased concerns about global growth, made the appropriate extent and timing of future policy firming less clear than earlier,” the meeting summary stated.
The indecision was reflected in rate forecasts among individual members. Officials cut their expected moves this year from four to two, citing a range of concerns about growth and volatility in the financial markets.
“Concerns over escalating trade tensions, global growth prospects, and the sustainability of corporate earnings growth were among the factors that appeared to contribute to a significant drop in U.S. equity prices,” the minutes said.
The statement after the December meeting replaced the phrase “the Committee expects that further gradual increases” would be appropriate, to “judges that some further gradual increases” are coming. Using “judges,” the minutes noted, was a signal to markets of the data-dependency the Fed will employ. Also, “some” was meant to imply a “relatively limited amount” of hikes would be coming.
WTI is +5%. Junk bonds are green, and stocks are ripping to session highs. If I can teach you but one thing it is this: THERE ARE ENDLESS POOLS OF GENIUSES WHO KNEW MORE, BROKE AND DISHEVELED, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, WHO BET AGAINST PROSPERITY. It’s a hard gamble, and you have to be hard boiled and belligerent to pull it off. You’re better off going with the sheep.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter