Federal Reserve’s Friendly Artillery Attack
The market gapped down significantly today after a strong and volatile day tied in with yesterday’s FOMC meeting. This morning, I traded at the Open and lost. You can watch the recap that Brian and I posted here. You’ll see where yours truly got chopped up left, right, and center, and ended the day with a big loss.
Today’s Global News and Financial Recap
Yesterday, the Federal Reserve launched its heavy artillery in a friendly attack toward an already beaten up Wall Street. They raised interest rates by 0.75% – the biggest increase since 1994 – and chair Jerome Powell said the central bank could go that high next month, too, in the battle against inflation. Get out of the line of fire, is essentially what he said. As for the prospect of a soft landing, meaning controlling prices without contracting the economy, even the Fed accepted that the US economy’s eventual touchdown may be a bit bumpier than previously hoped for. In other words, brace yourself for a hard landing!
The real trouble is not in the US, but in the already previously troubled Euro zone. Italy’s financial crisis has started and the emergency meetings of European central banks well deserve the title of “emergency”. The real depression most likely will start in Europe.
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Fed chair JPow will go down in history as either the hero who controlled the hottest inflation in 40 years with a soft landing or as the person blamed for destroying the strongest economy of the world and sending it to a great recession. Alan Greenspan, the 13th chair of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, has gone down in history as being responsible for the housing bubble and the ensuing 2009 financial crisis because he ignored all of the warning signs that were out there. JPow initially made a big mistake by not anticipating the fastest price gains in four decades. He called them “transitory” (which is now a dirty word), and got blamed for being too slow to respond.
Which one do you think JPow will go down as? I personally think it is too early to write the history. Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @BearBullTraders.
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