A collection of 11 posts
There's Reason to be Optimistic About the COVID-19 War
As much as I believe in an immediate national shutdown for 30-45 days with a complete economic backstop, that appears unlikely for now. America is not an autocracy, it is a federal republic [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_republic]. We have the most robust state and local government bureaucracy
Odds Increase That the Fed Doesn't Cut Rates This Week
Another FOMC decision is upon us. Expectations are for a 25 bps cut. Equity markets are near all-time highs and US economic data continues to be resilient. A communications embargo has limited public FOMC communications. NLP analysis of available FOMC communications suggests a much lower likelihood of a rate cut
Optimism is on the Menu; A Recession is Not
The yield curve has inverted, the trade war [https://complexityeverywhere.com/believe-me-when-i-say-to-you-i-hope-you-love-a-trade-war-too/] seems to be in early innings, and economic data is being revised [https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-created-500000-fewer-jobs-since-2018-than-previously-reported-new-figures-show-2019-08-21] downward. Forecasters are warning of a recession and even financial panic. CNBC has been replete with talk of markets in
A Data-Driven Fed Wouldn't Cut Rates
TL;DR on Fed Rate Cuts The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) announces its rate decision on Wednesday. A robust review of economic data does not support a rate cut; I built both a neural network and random forest model trained on 72 economic indicators (monthly data going back
Can Neural Networks Learn to FedSpeak?
Deciphering FedSpeak1, the words and intentions of the Federal Reserve, has become a full-time job in financial markets and media. And markets have placed their bets leading up to the July 31 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decision. As of today, the widely watched CME FedWatch Tool [https://www.cmegroup.
"Often Wrong, Never in Doubt"
Stan Druckenmiller’s Economic Club Speech – Part 1 The statement “often wrong, never in doubt” from famed investor Stanley Druckenmiller got a good laugh from the audience at The Economic Club of New York, where Druckenmiller spoke [https://www.facebook.com/econclubny/videos/2248264695265915] on June 3, 2019. It was
Is the Fed Really Data-Driven?
Markets are 65% certain of a rate-cut by year-end. Are they right? This morning, the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Commerce Department released [https://www.bea.gov/data/personal-consumption-expenditures-price-index] its Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index. This index, otherwise known as the PCE Deflator, is the Fed’s