ALERT: “Let’s Blow This Bubble Sky High”
ALERT: “Let’s Blow This Bubble Sky High” from King World News
As we kickoff the third week of trading in April, today one of the greats in the business warned the Fed’s position is now “Let’s blow this bubble sky high.”
April 15 (King World News) – Here is what Peter Boockvar wrote as the world awaits the next round of monetary madness: So we’ve gone from criticizing the creation of a ‘big, fat, ugly bubble’ in 2016 to now ‘let’s blow this bubble sky high.’ See in the chart though how good the Fed already is in blowing bubbles without any outside cajoling when comparing net worth, aka mostly asset prices, to disposable income (the actual economy). It dropped in Q4 as we know (which this chart captures) and we await an updated chart when the Q1 bounce back data gets released soon. Assume a trip back to the highs, near 700%, well above the two prior bubble highs (see chart below).
It’s easy to say again that the Fed is being put in an impossible situation politically but the Fed’s obsession with ‘financial conditions’, aka mostly the S&P 500, as a driver of policy makes it clear that they themselves put them there…
So here we are now where if the economy picks up steam, inflation trends up and the Fed doesn’t resume hikes and gets criticized for not responding because of political pressure, the bond market will tighten for them. If the Fed does respond with hikes, stocks will fall and they will get politically ripped to shreds.
If the economy falters, the Fed will cut, they’ll get criticized for cow towing to the President and helping his reelection, asset prices might rise temporarily but the economy won’t respond to rates already so low. The inequality debate will roar to another level as monetary policy that just blows asset prices higher might finally expose the Fed for its complicity and guilt.