The Reckoning Looms - Central Bankers Really Don't Know What They're Doing

What is happening this year is astounding. After saying year after year after year that the recovery is coming, and even doing so to the point of condescension, the admissions of wrongfulness are starting to roll in, if only softly at first. How ludicrous does “transitory” look now?

Fed Admits Another $4 Trillion In QE Will Be Needed To Offset An "Economic Shock"

"Large-scale asset purchases and forward guidance about the future path of the federal funds rate have almost no ability to offset a shock in current circumstances, but down the road may be able to provide enough additional accommodation to fully compensate for a more limited [ability] to cut short-term interest rates in some, but not all and maybe even not most, circumstances."

Jeffrey Snider: All Signs Point To Systemic Reset

"... what’s happened in stocks is more a myth than actual reality. Investors in stocks are buying at ridiculous valuations based on the premise that the Fed can create a recovery through liquidity. And what 2014 and 2015 show us is that this simply wasn’t true! ...the longer the earnings recession lingers, the higher the risk that stock investors will realize that they’ve been following the wrong story all along!"

The Fear Economy: It Couldn't Possibly Happen Here But It Did

In the late 1990’s, economists attempted to get reacquainted with something that they previously believed was an artifact of long ago history. The plight of Japan during that decade had revived fears of deflation and depression. Some economists, those daring enough to challenge entrenched notions, began even to contemplate whether or not it could happen here.

What To Expect When You're Expecting The FOMC

As we await today’s FOMC decision, Bloomberg's Richard Breslow has been struck curious by how many people are speculating that the accompanying statement might lurch back hawkish. For a Fed that has had such notable lack of success seeing clarity in its crystal ball, that would be remarkably aggressive.

"Policymakers Have Been Calling A 'Depression' A 'Recovery' For Nearly A Decade"

"I'd like to think that logic and reality will prevail; that distaste for being told how great the world is has become sufficiently revolting and obviously false to stir the world’s populace to end the imbalances. But that, again, will take time, perhaps a good deal of time; until then, whenever it hopefully is, central banks continue to operate with impunity even though the risks of their intemperance rise exponentially..."

The Helicopter Has Already Been Tested - And It Failed Spectacularly

Most of what passes for modern monetary policy is nothing more than one assumption piled upon another (and then another, and so on). Taken for granted for so long, rarely are these unproven precepts ever challenged to justify themselves to the minimal standard of internal consistency, let alone prove discrete validity by parts. The latest is “helicopter money”, another sham in a long line of them proffered by at least one central bank today because it knows, as the others, nothing they have done has worked.

Unexpected Gasoline Inventory Build, Production Rise Spark Crude Chaos

Following last week's surprise Distillates build (and bounce in production) and API's overnight surprise Gasoline build, DOE data this morning was mixed confirming the 2.3mm draw in overall crude inventories (9th weekin a row) but surpringly large builds in both Cushing and Gasoline inventories (expectations were for draws). Oil prices were chaotic - running stops high and low - as algos noted crude production also rose (for the 2nd week in a row).

Forget Hikes - Rate-Cut Odds Soar For September As NIRP "Bets" Hit Record High

Despite a modest bounce today, the collapse in stock prices and bond yields since the 'non-event' "won't affect our market" Brexit vote has sent market-implied rate-hike odds careening lower. In fact, there is now a 0% chance of a rate hike to November and a 23% chance of rate-cut in September with December (post-election) rate-hike odds just 7.7%!!! Fed Credibility is official dead...

Fed Credibility Collapses - Rate-Cut Now More Likely For Next Year

Just when you thought The Fed's credibility could not drop any further... it does. For the first time since the financial crisis, the market now sees a greater probability of a rate cut than a rate hike... for the next year. In fact, "bets" on an eventual dip into NIRP have surged to record highs, and we suspect even higher today...

The Complete Fed Preview (Or Why The Dollar Is Falling)

While The Fed is a "motivated rate raiser," it appears that they are losing confidence in their growth forecasts, which means, as Goldman Sachs notes, another downgrade to the long run rate tomorrow, bringing the cumulative reduction in the Fed’s tightening cycle over the past year to 75 bps. There is a good chance the market will see this as a signal to sell the Dollar, on the grounds that the Fed will look increasingly uncertain over the medium-term trajectory of policy.

"Dovish" Fed Expectations Collapse To Lowest Since 2015

Back in the middle of February - during the height of the financial-market turmoil, the market was pricing in a shockingly policy-error-ish 36.5% chance of a rate cut in 2016. Since then The Fed has done everything it can to try and regain credibility - attempting to be hawkish in the face of dismal data, baffling everone with bullshit, and droning on about data-dependence. Now, thanks to the FOMC Minutes released last week with officials suggesting investors may be underestimating the pace of tightening, the odds of a 2016 rate cut have collapsed to just 4.8% - its lowest since New Year's Eve.