What Will Jay “Rear View Mirror” Powell Do Now?

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The Fed has been aggressively tightening monetary policy through interest rate hikes combined with quantitative easing. This is the most aggressive tightening since Paul "Tiny" Volcker in the early 1980s.

But Jay "Rear View Mirror" Powell, Fed Head, has said that he is fine with that because the economy remains strong. Just look at the strong labor market.

This is insane.

He is looking in the rear view mirror to drive the monetary car!

The labor market is a lagging indicator of the economy. He should be looking at the leading indicators which are telling us that we are going into recession.

But then Rear View Mirror Powell has twice said that there would be pain to make sure that inflation is contained.

So here is the question: Will the weak labor market cause Jay to flinch and stop the tight money policy?


shrug it off. But this figure is a good indication, along with all the other recessionary red flags we have highlighted, that we will start to see unemployment start to rise probably before the end of the year but certainly in the 1Q2023.

It will be that that will stop the Fed from tightening no matter what inflation is.

So I think we might have a Double Shuffle Recession. Here's what I mean.

The Fed has already tightened enough to cause a recession later this year or 1Q2023. That will cause inflation to pause and possible come down slightly as raw material prices decline from the recession.

But sticky inflation indicators, such as rents and employment costs won't come down right away so inflation may come down a little but will still be high. So then the Fed may pause it's easing policy.

Powell has shown himself to be a Fed chairman that is reactive not active. He responds to headlines and doesn't seem to have a clue about how to predict the economy.

What that means is that markets are going to be whipsawed by a herky jerky Fed.

So how to we make money from this?


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Fortunately the herks and jerks will be long enough for us to profit from them. But is also means that trends will be shorter.

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