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The Federal Reserve Board is widely predicted to lower interest rates by 25 basis points today at 2:00 p.m. ET. However, it’s important to remember that even though the White House and Wall Street are pressuring the Feds to act early, that doesn’t mean they will. December 2018’s rate hike is proof of that.
A slight majority of governors on the federal reserve board are keenly aware that pervasive low interest rates have created financial imbalances, overleverage and asset bubbles. Actually, all of them are aware of this. However, Randy Quarles, one of the current Administration’s recent additions to the board, believes “monetary policy should be guided primarily by the outlook for unemployment and inflation and not by the state of financial vulnerabilities.” (It’s hard to imagine a board governor actually saying this a mere 12 years after the worst bank meltdown the world has seen since the Great Depression.) Lowering interest rates at this time should keep unemployment low and inflation from sinking further. However, this is a risky move due to the level of leverage (which is eyepopping astronomical) and because the U.S. is already too close to zero to really get help from lower interest rates when the economic storms start swirling.
What financial vulnerabilities? Which Feds are more hawkish? Check out my blog on these subjects by clicking on the blue highlight. See the data below for yourself.
Below is what I’ll cover…
Market Highs and Elevated Risk
And here’s the data on each point.
Everyone loves lower taxes. However, in your own home, if you reduce your income, you know you had better cut your costs. Otherwise, you might lose your home or end up in bankruptcy court. The same holds true with the Federal government. The tax cuts dramatically reduced the income of the federal government. This was not made up for in economic growth, as the American people were promised. And now, debt and deficits have soared to all-time, perilous highs.
Elevated valuation pressures tend to be associated with excessive borrowing by businesses and households because both borrowers and lenders are more willing to accept higher degrees of risk and leverage when asset prices are appreciating rapidly. The associated debt and leverage, in turn, make the risk of outsized declines in asset prices more likely and more damaging. Similarly, the risk of a run on a financial institution and the consequent fire sales of assets are greatly amplified when there is significant leverage involved.
In other words, the economy today looks a lot like it did in 2008, when we had to bail out the banks. Next time, however, the banks will resort to a bail-in program – on your dime. (Keep reading.)
Market Highs and Asset Risks.
Libra & Cryptocurrency. Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency has a vision to create a more globally inclusive currency, based in block-chain and backed by a basket of assets (unlike most cryptocurrency that have no asset backing). The obstacles include a pervasive, inherent lack of trust that users have about Facebook. Additionally, government entities, like Congress and the Federal Reserve Board, want a thorough examination of Libra before it is allowed to infiltrate the monetary system. As for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and others, these are mostly trading platforms. Very little actual consumption purchases are happening with the coins themselves simply because you can’t have a currency that is valued at $20,000/coin on one day and $6,000 just a few months later.
If the Feds cut interest rates, that, historically, kicks Wall Street back into gear. However, the “smart money” knows that the cut is coming due to economic weakness. Additionally, a rate cut is already built into the current record-highs.
If the Feds don’t cut interest rates, something that few on Wall Street are expecting to happen, it’s because they are concerned about financial stability. The “smart money” will understand quite clearly that the Feds are deliberately taking away the punch bowl of this bull market, which has been largely built upon businesses and consumers borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. In this case, we may see another Wall Street tantrum, such as we saw in December of 2018, when the Federal Reserve Board dared to defy the White House and raised interest rates. Stocks sank 10%, for the worst performing December since the Great Depression.
In either scenario, it seems very clear that we are in the latter days of this business cycle. That’s not what you’re going to hear from your broker-salesman. They will tell you how great your investments are doing (now that stocks, real estate, etc. are at an all-time high). That is why you have to be the boss of your money, and adopt a time-proven plan that doesn’t have a leaky roof that floods your financial home when economic storms hit.
I’ll offer comments on the Fed decision on my Twitter feed around 2:00 p.m. ET today. You can access it on the home page at NataliePace.com.
Now is the time to fix the roof while the sun is shining (while the markets are at an all-time high).
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