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“There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.” ― Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
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It’s Fed Day, and while these are always eventful days for the markets, there is basically zero chance that the Federal Reserve makes any change to rates this afternoon, so the real focus will be on the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) and Powell’s press conference at 2:30. Outside of the Fed announcement, there is no economic data on the calendar, but we will get earnings reports from FedEx (FDX) and KB Home (KBH) after the close. Heading into the opening bell, equity futures are higher, while yields, the dollar, and crude are all modestly lower.
Investors are on tenterhooks this morning waiting for the latest economic projections and statement on interest rates from the Federal Reserve. With control over the cost of credit and supply of money in the economy (and a nice marble building), the Federal Reserve is in a powerful position. However, even the most powerful people can’t predict the future, and the ability of the men and women who make up the committee to predict where the economy is going probably falls somewhere between Jimmy the Greek’s record on Sunday NFL games in the early 1980s and Pete Rose’s betting percentage on the 1987 Reds. Despite that reality, when the statement and economic projections hit the tape in a few hours, billions in capital will be shifted based on their contents, and traders will make and lose fortunes based on how they were positioned heading into the announcement. Play ball!
It was just over two months ago that headline CPI for June dropped to 3.0% and investors thought some real progress had been made on inflation. With that progress, the view has increasingly been that the Fed would move to the sidelines taking a wait and see approach towards interest rate policy. Unfortunately, for fixed income investors, though, interest rates have done nothing but go up. Since 7/13, the day after the June CPI report, yields have been higher across the curve to levels not seen in at least 15 years. At the very short end of the curve, the 3-year yield is up just 5 basis points (bps), but two-year yields are up 34 bps, and 10-year yields have shot up 50 bps.
In terms of how those higher yields impact price, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury ETF (TLT) is down 8% and back down near its lowest levels since 2011. Talk about a lost decade!
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