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June 15, 2023 | “Skip”, QT and High For Longer–Not Bullish

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel ( Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog:

A world of bullish commentators asserts that Fed pauses are positive, even though the worst economic and stock market downturns have always come after the Federal Reserve stops tightening.

After ten consecutive rate increases and the sharpest rate of change since 1980–yesterday, Fed Chair Powell announced a “skip” with ongoing quantitative tightening (QT) and possibly further hikes in 2023. When asked about rate cuts, Powell said they would likely be “a couple of years out.”

Forecasts are hard and it’s worth remembering that historically, the Fed’s been wrong on its rate predictions 2/3rds of the time. But even if no further hikes happen, the rate “skip” and ongoing QT is not bullish; not easing for two years would be the harshest monetary medicine in decades.

Longer-term, an extended cleansing out of speculative behaviours, zombie debtors and irrationally high asset prices will set up a secular period of rising productivity and prosperity, unlike anything we have seen since 1982. In the meantime, however, the pain is set to be plentiful as increasing unemployment and insolvency test the Fed’s resolve. The discussion in the clips below is worth a listen.

Danielle DiMartino Booth, CEO and Chief Strategist at QI Research, returns to Forward Guidance to share her views on the Federal Reserve’s decision to pause its hiking of interest rates. Filmed on June 14, 2023, after Fed Chair Jay Powell’s press conference for the June meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Here is a direct video link.

Fed: GDP for 2023 is at 1%, Projecting 2 Additional Rate Hikes, DiMartino Booth Joins #charlespayne of #foxbusiness. Here is a direct video link.



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June 15th, 2023

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