The last five economic recessions were all preceded by a spike in crude oil prices. Does that mean we should worry about yesterday’s historic jump in the price of oil? In a word, no.
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Mr. Powell and the Fed continue to claim that their actions are data-dependent, but the question is beginning to arise: What data are they dependent on? The fact that many Fed officials have referred to this as an “insurance cut,” almost by definition suggests that fundamental economic data doesn’t justify a move lower.
Jerome Powell’s testimony last week offered no pushback against rate-cut expectations, and if anything, actually stoked the fire. Bets of a 50 basis point cut, as opposed to 25, rose, indicating the market shifted to an even more dovish stance.
As you most likely know, last Friday’s strong jobs report – which showed 224,000 jobs created in June – has caused a bit of unease across the market. With investors now salivating over the prospect of a rate cut, robust economic data has come to be viewed with disdain. After all, who wants a strong economy when we can have asset-price juicing stimulus instead?
Imagine you’re huddled down in a bunker, with the enemy approaching, and you only have nine bullets left. Do you fire a preemptive shot or two, hoping it will deter the enemy? Or do you save those bullets and wait patiently until you’re sure an attack is imminent? That’s the situation the Federal Reserve is facing right now.