Today I posted my two-hundred-and-fortieth YouTube video: 6% Yes, 8% No.
Today’s topic is: 6% Yes, 8% No. I’ve been saying that I think 6% is the peak for interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve this cycle. Inflation is not coming down as fast as the Fed would like and it’s going to have to keep raising rates until it can bring inflation down to an acceptable level. But what’s acceptable to the Fed? According to the Taylor Rule, which looks at unemployment to calculate where interest rates should be in order to control inflation, we’re heading toward 9% interest rates. I don’t think that’s going to happen in this cycle–not because the economics are wrong, but because the politics don’t work. Mohamed El-Erian recently argued that what is really needed is 8%, but if the Fed did that, he noted, it would cause a massive recession. Instead, he thinks the Fed will declare victory when inflation reaches 3% to 4%, (and we’re 4.5% to 5.5% now, depending on what inflation measure you choose). The idea is that the Fed will settle for a higher inflation rate and blame the green energy transition, geopolitical challenges, and changes in the labor market. Look for a 6% interest rate peak as a good buy point into this market.
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