FOMC

  • 11 Apr
    The FED Is Feeding Journalists Stability While Also Confessing Its Cluelessness

    The FED Is Feeding Journalists Stability While Also Confessing Its Cluelessness

    • Reading the FED’s meeting minutes is necessary to grasp those trends that will shape investment returns but are not explicit or immediate.
    • The FED has started discussing running down its balance sheet if the economy stays on track.
    • However, the FED also just told us that they have no clue what will happen this year or in the next few years. Read this article and the FED’s minutes if you don’t believe it.

    Introduction

    Last week the FED released its meeting minutes. It’s always a good idea to take a look at the minutes as inside you can find interesting long term trends that aren’t yet recognized by the market but will eventually surface. More →

  • 31 Aug
    Where To Look For Hope In Yellen’s Latest Speech

    Where To Look For Hope In Yellen’s Latest Speech

    • The FED is predicting long-term average interest rates of around 3%, not the 7% that used to be the case.
    • Even small increases in interest rates will have a huge effect on yielding assets’ values.
    • Even Yellen it telling us that productivity is the main factor for growth, so add it to your portfolio.

    Introduction

    There are two main drivers of what can be done to improve the economy. One is new inventions and structural reforms that increase productivity, while the other is monetary policy. As the former takes time to get results, we mostly talk about the latter. We can assume that increased knowledge and structural reforms take care of themselves. Companies are always investing in new technologies, and governments, no matter what kind, slowly push for social and political improvements. The results can only be seen if we look at it in the long term. The quality of our lives is much better now than it was 20 years ago and 20 years from now will be even better. More →

  • 22 Aug
    The Important Insights From The FOMC Minutes No One Is Talking About

    The Important Insights From The FOMC Minutes No One Is Talking About

    • The FED’s “protect the market at all costs” attitude minimizes the risk of a severe bear market but increases the risk for an inflationary environment.
    • Trade deficits and low productivity are not good signs for the long-term, no matter the positive data from the labor market.
    • Until the focus shifts from central banks to real structural reforms, sluggish GDP growth could easily turn into a recession.

    Introduction

    There are more important insights that can be gained by going through the FOMC minutes than by just reading the news about an eventual interest rate increase. An interest rate increase of 0.5% won’t change much. It will give the news something to talk about for two weeks and from then onwards it will be business as usual. Structural risks and what the FED is ready to do or not do in the case of turmoil is what will determine our investing returns. More →

  • 19 Aug
    The U.S. Dollar: Should You Stick To It Or Diversify Now?

    The U.S. Dollar: Should You Stick To It Or Diversify Now?

    • The dollar has been positively correlated with stocks for the last 4 years which is unusual.
    • Potential FED interest rate increases don’t make international diversification a great idea right now.
    • Any sign of a U.S. recession should be a good time to think about international diversification with emerging markets.

    Introduction

    On big news sites like Bloomberg you often come across headlines related to the movement of the U.S. dollar. The headline below is a good example. More →

  • 11 Jul
    Watch Out: The FOMC’s Current Stance Could Impact Your Portfolio in the Long Term

    Watch Out: The FOMC’s Current Stance Could Impact Your Portfolio in the Long Term

    • Bonds are becoming riskier as yields are falling.
    • Inflation is at 1.2% and very likely to get higher as full employment is approached.
    • The FOMC predicts stability which could create a great environment for traders.

    Introduction

    On July 6 the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) June meeting minutes were released. As they give clear insight into how the controllers of our monetary policy think, it is very important to analyze the minutes in order to better position one’s portfolio and also execute short- and medium-term trades. The FOMC gave a clear indication of their expectations in relation to future GDP growth, unemployment, inflation and its federal funds rate. All of the mentioned indicators will have different effects on various investments. More →

  • 20 May
    An Analysis of and the Implication of the FOMC Minutes

    An Analysis of and the Implication of the FOMC Minutes

    • An interest rate increase is hanging in the air but no one seems to find enough reasons to pull the trigger.
    • The FOMC expects inflation to be at 2% and interest rates at 2.6% by 2018.
    • Holders of long-term bonds might rethink their positions as interest rate increases could have severe negative repercussions on bond prices.

    Introduction 

    On May 18 the FED released the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held in April. The FOMC decided not to increase interest rates in April which gave a short relief to the markets, but an analysis of the FOMC meeting minutes reveals interesting things because it gives indications on the way of thinking FOMC participants have and hints on potential future interest rate increases. While the goal of the FED is to maintain financial stability and increase the resilience of the financial system to shocks, for an investor it is important to look at the economic trends related to the FOMC’s decisions in order to better assess the risks of their portfolio. More →