The FED , the Federal Reserve, which looks ready to compound one
mistake with another. First calling inflation as transitory all last year in 2021 which helped bulls to pump the market into super bubble. Second mistake is to hike the rates too aggressively and put the economy into recession.

The Fed is behind the curve on inflation; the core personal-consumption-expenditure deflator rose 4.9% in December on an annualized basis, more than double the 2% inflation target. Now the Fed is ready to raise interest rates, probably in March, after assuming rising prices would be transitory.

The central bank’s statement on Wednesday Jan 26th 2011 contained few surprises, but then Fed Chairman Jerome Powell started talking. At first, he offered a fairly balanced outlook of the risks, with inflation on one side and the threat to growth from Omicron on the other, with the risks tilting a touch more toward the former than the latter.

But the more he spoke, the more hawkish he sounded. He didn’t dismiss the possibility of a half-point rate increase and suggested that the Fed could raise rates far more quickly than the four increases the market had priced in. By the end of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had turned a 518-point gain into a 130-point drop, and investors were pricing in more than four rate hikes.

By Friday Jan 27th 2021 however, the overall averages conveyed little of that volatility. The Dow finished up 460.10 points, or 1.3%. The Nasdaq Composite ended the week little changed as blockbuster earnings from Apple (ticker: AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) helped it make back what had been a 4.9% loss. Only the Russell 2000, which officially entered a bear 🐻 market on Thursday, finished the week lower, by 1%.

Massive reversals were the norm, and the market went from simply oversold to “super oversold,” “When there’s this kind of selling intensity, there’s usually another short term drop and a quick dead ☠️ cat πŸˆβ€β¬› bounce before it falls apart into pieces.

But even when the market bounces-and it will bounce-investors have to know that the clock is counting down to recession and the end of the bull market. The clock, in this case, is the yield curve, and an inverted one is the one truly reliable recession signal. An inversion occurs when longer- term rates, which are typically higher than short-term ones, sink below their short-end counterparts. That’s not just a signal that a recession is coming-it also helps create the conditions for one by making lending unprofitable for banks, which borrow short and lend long.

Ultimately, the lack of credit causes a recession, though it usually takes months to occur.

The yield curve is flattening quickly. On Friday, the two-year Treasury yield closed at 1.17%, while the 10-year closed at 1.779%, putting the gap between them at 0.61 of a percentage point. On Dec. 31, that gap was 1.069 points. Since 1955, the yield curve has flattened about 0.8 of a point a year during the first year of a tightening cycle, which would mean the curve would invert sometime in the first half of 2023.

Recessions usually follow in eight to 19 months, which would put the next one in the middle of 2024. If the current market follows the historical path, the current upheaval, though painful, should simply mark a tantrum in risk markets that will pass.

But much will depend on how serious Powell is about raising rates to tackle inflation and the path of economic growth. Most analysts expects the Fed to lift rates aggressively, only to find that the economy is growing at a much slower pace than it thinks. He isn’t wrong about the economy, which looks set to slow during the first quarter of 2022, thanks, at least in part, to the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The Fed is starting its rate increases too late. And the Fed will tighten the economy right into a recession.

Inflation will be killed by the Fed,” “Given the nature of this inflation, which is far more related to supply constraints than booming demand, it is going to create a renewed recession.” Again, the volatility we’re seeing now is just the beginning of a bear market.

inflation is real, and that the Fed won’t have the guts to do what it will take to defeat it-tighten the economy into recession. “Recession [is] the only way to successfully fight inflation,” “They don’t have the backbone to do that.”

Because as painful the current drop has been, It’s next one that will hurt 😞

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