How The Fed Managed to Keep Interest Rates Low and Print $4.3 Trillion Without Crashing The Dollar
4:56-8:03- Discussion of how the Fed manipulates market perception and interest rates. The three legged propaganda stool, company share buybacks and the “wealth effect” are discussed.
The False Job Recovery
8:03-11:30 The most recent non farm payroll data is discussed. The top line number was good despite poor economic data. While the media touts job creation as the best in decades, little discussed is the quality of the jobs and to whom they are going.
Who is Getting Jobs?
Labor Force Participation Rate Among Senior Citizens
The labor force participation rate has increased fastest in the age group 65+.
Labor Force Participation Rate Among Those in their Prime Working Years
The labor force participation rate among those aged 25-54 has decreased since the recession ended.
Media and Wall Street Reaction to Negative First Quarter GDP
“The weakness in the U.S. recovery is not like a cart losing its wheels because the labour market remains healthy and housing activity is picking up,” said Thomas Costerg, a U.S. economist at Standard Chartered Bank in New York.
AP: US economy shrank in winter but staging a spring rebound
“but activity already has rebounded modestly.”
Fed on Interest Rates: The Game of Back and Forth
11:30-14:50 the contradictory positions on whether to raise rates expressed by the Federal Reserve Regional Presidents, the International Monetary Fund and the media are discussed.
Chicago Fed President Charles Evans– no rate hike before early 2016
Reuters: Sturdy U.S. jobs report boosts chances of Fed rate hike
IMF’s Christine Lagarde to Fed don’t raise interest rates!
New York Fed President William Dudley: Interest rate hike on track for 2015.
First Quarter QDP Calculations are faulty says the San Francisco Federal Reserve. No they aren’t says the New York Fed
Once the Fed raises rates, they will talk for a while about whether they will raise them again. These types of equivocal statements keep the focus on the Fed and give the power.
The next president will figure out how to spend more money on government programs. The Fed wants Congress to spend more money. Spending more means issuing more bonds.
People say that the US government can’t afford higher rates. The US government can’t afford ANY of the money it spends over its budget. The deficit is financed by new bond issuances and the higher interest will be financed the same way.
Bankruptcy in America
14:50-17:40 Bankruptcy in America is discussed. Consumer spending stalled because the debt levels are elevated.
BUT BUT BUT the media insists:
Bloomberg: “Consumers, who’ve been using the money freed up by low gasoline costs to pay down debt or rebuild their balance sheets, would be more inclined to shop as wages accelerate. Sustained improvement in household spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy, is needed to ensure growth rebounds as Federal Reserve officials project.”
“Consumer spending remains a bit restrained,” said Russell Price, a senior economist at Ameriprise Financial Inc. in Detroit and among the top forecasters of spending in the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “It suggests a weak start to the quarter and puts growth estimates at risk. I still think things will improve. We’re going to gain some momentum. All the fundamentals are in place for it.”
Yet the reality is consumers are tapped out, productivity is declining and labor costs up. Employers are also tapped out.
Millennials and Housing
17:35-23:21 The unaffordable price of homes and millennials is discussed. The general state of the real estate market is discussed.
WSJ- Why Isn’t the “Stingy” U.S. Consumer Spending Now that the Weather is Warmer?
23:21-30:20 A recent Wall Street Journal article is discussed and trashed. Why the Housing Market WON’T Go Ballistic this Spring. Consumers can’t spend money or buy homes with money they don’t have.
Yet, car sales are higher, fueled by sub prime loans:
New car sales have rebounded to pre recession levels based on sub prime loans.
More on Why The Fed Will Raise Interest Rates
30:20-37:40 investment demand for US Bonds will be generated with higher rates to offset lost demand for dollars due to de-dollarization initiatives. The rate rise has already happened by market forces. Raising rates will make the Fed appear credible. Rates need to be pushed higher so they can be lowered again.
The news history of our era will show that the US economy had recovered from the Great Recession, job growth was “solid” and unemployment was low. THEN- something “unexpected” happened!
The next President will find more ways to spend money. This will create a greater need for more bonds to be issued.
People say the Fed can’t raise interest because the U.S. government can’t afford the higher interest payments. The U.S. government can’t afford any of the spending it does over the deficit. It finances the additional spending by issuing more bonds. The higher interest payments will be paid for the same way. It’s how a ponzi scheme works and why it’s essential to create greater demand for US bonds via higher interest rates.
Social Security is Broke
37:40-40:45 There is no money left for Social Security or ANYTHING. They never say there is no money left for welfare or the Department of Education. The government won’t scale back itself, it will only not pay out.
The Rise of China
40:45 The rise of China is discussed in the context of the rise and fall of nations.The U.S. is more interest in dividing the pie than growing the pie, more interested in political correctness than production. Hilary Clinton’s companies don’t create jobs comment is discussed. The business of America is no longer business.
Bernie Sanders’ economically ignorant proposal for a 90% tax bracket is analyzed. Differences between the 1950’s economy and today are discussed. Bank fines are discussed in the context of “tributes” to the government in order to receive market protection.
The U.S. currenty has an underproductive work force that is earning less and costing employers more! The economy is not getting better but the Fed will justify a rate hike on the pretext that the economy is strengthening.
The Silicon Valley scam company culture is discussed. The most successful companies are not the ones that are productive in terms of profit but ones where silicon valley and wall street can make their stock prices rise by convincing each other and investors that the company’s valuation should be higher.
“Sturdy” Non Farm Payroll Numbers Provide The Fed With Cover To Raise Interest Rates