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The Powell Fed is Draining Liquidity. Here’s Where Stocks Are Going

Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2018 Mar 06, 2018 - 05:29 AM GMT

By: Graham_Summers

Stock-Markets

The Fed officially has a new Fed Chair, Jerome Powell. And ever since he took office, it is clear that “something” has changed at the Fed.

That something is the famed “Fed put” or the idea that the Fed would immediately move to prop up stocks any time they began to fall.

Jerome Powell was sworn in as Fed Chair on February 5th 2018. At that time, the market was in the sharp sell-off annotated in the chart below:


Powell made ZERO mention of the sell-off or of stocks in his prepared statements during the swearing in ceremony. Indeed, he didn’t mention the markets once. Instead he mentioned rate normalization, balance sheet shrinkage, and regulations.

He also mentioned the Fed has, “important responsibilities for the stability of the financial system and for the regulation and supervision of financial institutions, including our largest banks…

Again… Powell focuses on Too Big to Fail, normalization, balance sheet shrinkage, and regulations.

It would be easy to shrug this off as a one-time deal, except that I’ve picked up on a note shift in Fed official rhetoric since Powell took office.

Three days after Powell’s swearing-in ceremony, when the markets were falling even farther, NY Fed President Bill Dudley appeared in the media to make the following astonishing statement:

Judging by remarks this week from policy makers, who were unmoved by rising yields and the losses in stocks, the Powell Fed isn’t rushing to signal that tendency. New York Fed President William Dudley on Thursday called the stock selloff “small potatoes” and said it has no economic implications.

Source: Bloomberg.

To understand why this statement is astonishing, you first need to understand the source: Bill Dudley is one of the BIGGEST doves in Fed history. This is a man who always pushes for more Fed intervention/ liquidity.

In 2010, when QE 2 wasn’t even over yet, Dudley was already pushing for another round of stimulus.

In 2011 he was calling for the Fed to literally “prop” up the housing market.

In 2012, at a time when the Fed had already printed over $2 trillion and the US was supposedly three years into a “recovery” Dudley was calling for even “more aggressive” monetary policy.

By the way, Dudley was calling for this AFTER the Fed had already launched QE 3.

In 2013 Dudley called for more QE if unemployment didn’t fall. Again, this was in 2013… after the Fed had already implemented QE 1, QE 2, Operation Twist AND QE 3.

You get the idea.

With that in mind, the idea that Dudley would call a violent 10% stock market collapse such as the one the markets faced in early February “small potatoes” is incredible. And it indicates that the Powell Fed will have a very different attitude towards the markets.

We get confirmation from this on February 13 (the very next day after Dudley’s comments) when Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester, stated the following:

The recent stock market sell-off and jump in volatility will not damage the economy’s overall strong prospects, Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester said on Tuesday in warning against any overreaction to the turbulence in financial markets.

 “While a deeper and more persistent drop in equity markets could dash confidence and lead to a pullback in risk-taking and spending, the movements we have seen are far away from this scenario,” Mester said of a market rout that cut more than 10 percent from major stock indexes.

Source: Reuters.

The fact Mester uses practically the same language as Dudley (that a stock drop won’t impact the economy) suggests that Mester’s statement is part of a coordinated effort by the Powell Fed to remove the famed “Fed Put.”

Put simply, the new boss is not the same as the old boss for the Fed… at least for now.  The Powell Fed is clearly not interested in propping up stocks at every single drop.   

Which means, stocks have a long ways down before they finally bottom. Indeed, as I write this, the S&P 500 is forming a clear downward channel. The ultimate downside target for this move is 2,450.

Big gains are there to be made by those who play this move with the right investments.

On that note, we are already preparing our clients for this with a 21-page investment report titled the Stock Market Crash Survival Guide.

In it, we outline the coming collapse will unfold…which investments will perform best… and how to take out “crash” insurance trades that will pay out huge returns during a market collapse.

We’ve extended our offer to download this report FREE due to the market breakdown. But this week is the last time this report will be available to the general public.

To pick up one of the last remaining copies…

https://www.phoenixcapitalmarketing.com/stockmarketcrash.html

Graham Summers

Phoenix Capital Research

http://www.phoenixcapitalmarketing.com

Graham also writes Private Wealth Advisory, a monthly investment advisory focusing on the most lucrative investment opportunities the financial markets have to offer. Graham understands the big picture from both a macro-economic and capital in/outflow perspective. He translates his understanding into finding trends and unde74rvalued investment opportunities months before the markets catch on: the Private Wealth Advisory portfolio has outperformed the S&P 500 three of the last five years, including a 7% return in 2008 vs. a 37% loss for the S&P 500.

Previously, Graham worked as a Senior Financial Analyst covering global markets for several investment firms in the Mid-Atlantic region. He’s lived and performed research in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States.

© 2018 Copyright Graham Summers - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.

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