FOMC Minutes: Hawkish Rumblings Getting Louder

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It would appear that even though the relative dovishness of the FOMC has increased, a realization that the party has to stop sometime is dawning on the PhDs - though for now, the printing will continue until morale improves...


Pre-FOMC: ES 1521.00, 10Y 2.01%, EUR 1.3337, Gold $1580, WTI $94.18

Some of the key sections:

However, a few participants expressed concerns that the current highly accommodative stance of monetary policy posed upside risks to inflation in the medium or longer term.

On the death of Okun's Law:

A number of participants thought that the growth of potential output had been reduced in recent years, possibly in part because restrictive financial conditions and weak economic activity in the aftermath of the financial crisis had reduced investment, business formation, and the pace of adoption of new technologies. Many of these participants worried that, should the economy continue to operate below potential for too long, reduced investment and underutilization of labor could further undermine the growth of potential output over time. A couple of participants noted that uncertainties concerning both the level of, and the source of shifts in, potential output made it difficult to base decisions about monetary policy on real-time measures of the output gap.

But punchline #1:

Several participants emphasized that the Committee should be prepared to vary the pace of asset purchases, either in response to changes in the economic outlook or as its evaluation of the efficacy and costs of such purchases evolved. For example, one participant argued that purchases should vary incrementally from meeting to meeting in response to incoming information about the economy. A number of participants stated that an ongoing evaluation of the efficacy, costs, and risks of asset purchases might well lead the Committee to taper or end its purchases before it judged that a substantial  improvement in the outlook for the labor market had occurred. Several others argued that the potential costs of reducing or ending asset purchases too soon were also significant, or that asset purchases should continue until a substantial improvement in the labor market outlook had occurred. A few  participants noted examples of past instances in which policymakers had prematurely removed accommodation, with adverse effects on economic growth, employment, and price stability; they also stressed the importance of communicating the Committee’s commitment to maintaining a highly accommodative stance of policy as long as warranted by economic conditions. providing monetary accommodation by holding securities for a longer period than envisioned in the Committee’s exit principles, either as a supplement to, or a replacement for, asset purchases.


A few participants commented that the Committee’s accommodative policies were intended in part to promote a more balanced approach to risk-taking, but several others expressed concern about the potential for excessive risk-taking and adverse consequences for financial stability. Some participants mentioned the potential for a sharp increase in longer-term interest rates to adversely affect financial stability and indicated their interest in further work on this topic.

And #3:

Many participants also expressed some concerns about potential costs and risks arising from further asset purchases.

Another headfake from a Fed which will never, ever stop monetizing, or just more schizophrenia from Bernanke and Co? Why both of course.

And, in tangential news, this is what @Not_Jim_Cramer suspected the real minutes wordcloud looked like...

Full minutes:

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Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:18 | 3260638 Bastiat
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Im afraid they broke Martin in prison and let him out to shill.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:46 | 3260763 Mrmojorisin515
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i've thought that myself sometimes.  I like his cycles theory, but sometimes the dude is just hard to read and he claims hyperinflation will never occur

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:26 | 3260926 Imminent Crucible
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I hope he's right. Hyperinflation produces complete devastation in a society. On the other hand, if the dollar goes down 10% to 15% per year like it did in the 1970's, gold and silver will do at least as well as they did back then. Might even bring the Hunt brothers out of retirement.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:05 | 3260538 nobusiness
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tighter money will now be trumpeted as good news for the economy

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:08 | 3260562 donsluck
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Just a PM take-down. Gold and silver crashed, but the Dow is relatively flat. With CBs buying gold, they need a lower price. If the stock markets follow the PMs, QE reassurances will follow.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:18 | 3260639 Karlus
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The big question is for those who have kept powder dry, where is the entry point?

I know max pain is just south of 1600....does that mean that we get a blip up Thurs/Fri before Monday expiry?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:25 | 3260668 donsluck
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I would expect a pop to 1650 in a couple of weeks. Wait for the Dow follow-thru before buying.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 18:42 | 3261410 Imminent Crucible
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Entry point?

Scroll down to the weekly chart view:$GOLD

Gold has closed above $1550 in every trading session since the middle of 2011. Anywhere between today and $1560 is a bargain.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:06 | 3260542 RationalPrepper
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May I remind everyone that they were talking exist strategy in February 2010.

Talk of raising rates in a matter of months...yeah...right.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:06 | 3260544 kengland
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Now go back and looks the PM performance over the last month. Any connection?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:15 | 3260622 Quinvarius
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It is a giant short short position amongst the historically stupid money:

My guess is this is some historically stupid pair trade involving gold and the S&P based on the "recovery".

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:07 | 3260547 nobusiness
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Shocker, someone just bought 1.8 million shares of SPY to save the market.


i wonder who that was.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:07 | 3260548 Racer
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Oh so that is why gold has been falling... someone leaked the information to their pals

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:10 | 3260574 donsluck
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We little guys cannot front-run. We can only react. This is a buying opportunity.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:17 | 3260637 TWSceptic
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Soros was informed as well.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:19 | 3260648 Quinvarius
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And the "pals" didn't even get the trade right.  They should have been buying they will soon discover.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:07 | 3260551 DeadFred
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Trying to glean information from a press release that tries to make you think what they want to to think... Try the triple reverse whamo method. Or better yet be an insider and have Ben tell you what's up over lunch some day.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:07 | 3260552 lemonobrien
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if they're so brave, why don't they stop? Let me the first to inform you niggas, "we know you're fucked."

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:07 | 3260555 SDRII
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Trading halt: Market awaits the Moscow Times Steve Liesman insights on the minutes. breaking: it is all bullish

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:08 | 3260556 Pooper Popper
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Banker season opening soon...

There will be no limits!

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:08 | 3260558 Bunga Bunga
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1 is a number too.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:08 | 3260559 Piranhanoia
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Where can I get this "beard oil" referred to in the vernacular?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:08 | 3260560 Shell Game
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LOL.  If you pull out your microscope you can just read 'risk', too funny..

'Fuck you- Pay me!', 'Boehner will cry',  LMAO!  thx NJC

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:08 | 3260561 Cognitive Dissonance
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Too freaking funny on the fake word cloud. Made my day. :)

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:25 | 3260669 Piranhanoia
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Can we be sure it is faked?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:08 | 3260563 Duffminster
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Every 1% increase in interest rates creates an extra $150 Billion + in the US Federal Debt interest payment, which as we reach anything over 5% brings the US that much closer to default.  This is all jaw boning.   QE can never be ended. 

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:37 | 3260709 eclectic syncretist
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Fucking Odoriferous Miscreant Cocksuckers

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:37 | 3260712 slightlyskeptical
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But if the fed owns them all and gives their profit to the treasury what does it really matter? Add in the profits off the MBS over time and Uncle Sam is doing ok.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:54 | 3260791 knukles
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Dead argument....
Fed collects coupon, remits same to Treasury.
Don't even need a shred of currency .... all electronic.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:28 | 3260935 viahj
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wouldn't matter at all as long as you don't plan to use USDs in trade.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:09 | 3260565 lolmao500
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Are they on LSD or what?

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:11 | 3260587 donsluck
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If they were on acid, they would have given up the farce and noticed how soft trees are.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:13 | 3260591 Banksters
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Gee, I thought they said that employment falling below 7.2 percent was their un qe standard -who cares how many people are falling off the rolls.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:13 | 3260601 dick cheneys ghost
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tainted horse meat

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:40 | 3260702 McMolotov
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At Woodstock, it was specifically the brown horse meat that caused freakouts.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:16 | 3260624 oddjob
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Double squares for all.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:12 | 3260569 Quinvarius
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I guess you can now sell stocks and buy gold as opposed to just buying gold.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:10 | 3260577 Jacque Itch
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"Moderate Growth Path"

GDP flat last quarter; lucky to hit 1% growth in Q1.  I'm sooo secure with these a** clowns in charge.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:10 | 3260578 Caracalla
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Markets almost GREEN, lol

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:11 | 3260585 Confundido
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One gets the feeling the Fed is clueless...

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:38 | 3260722 slightlyskeptical
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They are not clueless. Their intrests are just different then the rest of ours.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:12 | 3260593 FiatFapper
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Gold back @ year open

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:51 | 3260781 Panafrican Funk...
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Stocks to follow suit.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:14 | 3260608 Charles Nelson ...
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fuck these pricks...

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:15 | 3260617 TWSceptic
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Even their minutes are 100% market manipulation.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:34 | 3260700 optimator
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I'm sure they sometimes say, "Off the record............"

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:16 | 3260623 FROZENOJFUTURES


Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:16 | 3260629 fuu
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Best word cloud ever.

1569.80 and 28.54 is all you got? I expected better from men of your education.

Maybe it's just lunch break.

Well Orly just a few weeks early.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:17 | 3260635 SillySalesmanQu...
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Hmmm. news I've read the last week...housing starts down; ship, rail, truck traffic and freight shipping down; manufacturing down; GDP down; sales and earnings down; Wal-Mart down; FOXCONN, Apple, CAT down new car registrations in Europe down; China down, Europe down....must be....BULLISH, MUST BUY MOAR.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:19 | 3260645 nobusiness
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Translation - All the FOMC members have completed the refinancings on their primary home and vacation property.  rates can now rise.

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