Fed's Fisher Wants Some Steam Out Of The Market, But "No Popping The Bubble"

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears the Federal Reserve is in full court press mode to jawbone the rational exuberance out of the stock markets... On the heels of Yellen's largely ignored "stretched valuations" comments, Dallas Fed's Fisher exclaims:


His plan for this "letting out of steam" is to start shrinking the Fed balance sheet in October and raising rates early in 2015. Of course, what does the Fed know about bubbles? We are sure the spin will come soon that this is bullish as 'froth' will be removed and then the secular bull can go on (aside from the total and utter lack of liquidity in markets, small doors and large crowds do not make for good endings).

Finally, when Fisher says don't pop the bubble, that suggests there is no bubble, yes?

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buzzsaw99's picture

Glory be to the Bomb, and to the Holy Fallout. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen.

May the Blessings of the Bomb Almighty, and the Fellowship of the Holy Fallout, descend upon us all. This day and forever more.

Congregation: [singing] Amen!

Say What Again's picture


... You should Lance a Boil

Nostradamus's picture

LOL.  FISHER: I don't think you should "pop" a bubble, but... you should ooze a cyst, drain a waterbed, and take the lid off of a pot of boiling water in order to avoid overflow.

eclectic syncretist's picture

Your jawboning isn't working Fisher.  I bought SDS at 25 yesterday and am down already asshole. 

And on a somewhat related note I'm getting a little bored waiting on the sidelines to see how PMs will react when the reality of the economic outlook, and the ultimate futility of fiat fixes, smashes through into the public conciousness, so I can assess how to best play the big move everyone knows is coming.

buzzsaw99's picture

yep. the jaw bone of an ass isn't going to cut it. it took four years even after the fed started raising rates in 2004 to have any effect. yellen has no bona fides. she is seen for what she is, a big fat ugly dove.

Renewable Life's picture

They wanted Socialism, because Capitalism is just too scary and unpredictable, and their friends were too stupid to compete anymore, so you guys fucking got it!!!

NOW you dumb motherfuckers think there is a market left to talk down???

Only a bunch of worthless academics would actually think this is possible??
All that is left, is what you've programmed the slaves and servants to do, buy until their heads explode with greed and fantasy!!

Geeezus it's unreal, they really think there is some mechanism left for the markets to go down????? BTFD sound familiar you fucking moronic fools?? No one is selling, no one believes you won't continue to pump, and only a Lehman moment would wake these sheep up, AND you Fed POS scumbags know that wouldn't be "letting a little air out", would it??

God damn these guys are fucked beyond belief, it's really unreal, surreal actually!!

slightlyskeptical's picture

Facism is not socialism. No one but those in charge wanted facism.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Henchforth, "rate hikes" will always be a year away...

eclectic syncretist's picture

The Fed has to hike rates unless they want the US government to sell bonds to no one but the Fed.

If you don't think they are going to raise rates you don't understand how precarious the position of the USD is rapidly becoming.

NihilistZero's picture

I wholly agree

Beyond that...

His plan for this "letting out of steam" is to start shrinking the Fed balance sheet in October and raising rates early in 2015.

He's either stupid or disengenous (I'll assume the latter) as this WILL cause a pop!  Maybe not right away but when the credit market turns south, I expect it will do so quite rapidly.  So few players and such low volume in all the markets (the RE, credit, equities unholy trinity) precludes any other outcome.

yrad's picture

For the 1000th time. They can't raise rates! They can't!! They will not be able to swing the payments on their debts! It's that simple...

SunRise's picture

They don't have to raise rates.  Increasing the debt will have the same effect.  There is a date on the calendar when that devil will be delivered.

LostandFound's picture

Did he forget the elephant in the room? the quadrillion in derivatives?

jmc8888's picture

2 quadrillion now


Conax's picture

They want less froth in the equities, but every time some alternative begins to edge up, they stomp its little golden head in.

Sorry, FEDs, but this is your Frankenstein, enjoy your blow-off top.

buzzsaw99's picture

they started QE3 when the S&P was at 1465. Clearly they wanted it higher than that since the stock market is their only policy tool. Now it is at 1975. Why don't they just tell us the exact number they want? May I suggest 1666?

Conax's picture


Yes, Master, hurhurrhurhur hurrr..

"Feed My Frankenstein"


fonzannoon's picture

if they were going to raise rates 6 months from now then why not call out Utilities and telecom stocks as overvalued? I'd rather be in facebook or certain biotech stocks than con ed and AT&T if i knew rates were going up.


oddjob's picture

They have been increasing interest rates 6 months from now for 5 years.

fonzannoon's picture

clearly this time is different.

hobopants's picture

The crazy thing is this moron thinks you can let "steam" out of a bubble without popping it... "There is too much irrational speculation going on, can we have a little less irrational speculation please?" Has this guy even looked up the definition of asset bubble? Once people figure out things are not going to go up anymore, they panic.

fonzannoon's picture

what makes it even more bizarre is that I credit the fed for letting the air out of the biotech/social media bubble earlier in the year without even nicking the index. yet they are now doing it again. Some big politician must be short the ibb.

buzzsaw99's picture

correction. i think it was QE4 and the market went from 1400+ to under 1200 in december or something like that before it started. apologies, the mind gets muddled with this crap.

Glass Seagull's picture



Dick gonna prick?

oddjob's picture

Then raise interest rates you fucking windbags.

buzzsaw99's picture

Do you expect me to talk?

No, I expect you to die!

yogibear's picture

But they can't raise rates. All they can do is try and talk the market down.

The Fed is stuck allowing inflation to get wildly out of control.

Nostradamus's picture

The thing is, they probably could raise rates and inflation would still get wildly out of control unless they pulled a Paul Volcker on the market.

yogibear's picture

Fisher like Bullard are playing the role of moderates. It's all for show kiddies. The Federal Reserve can't allow rates rise. The government can't afford it.

It's trying to talk the market down but it won't work. Inflation just keeps increasing while the Fed is still stimulating. Inflation will just keep getting worse.

In the mean time the Fed is stuck like a deer in front of a huge 18 wheeler going 90 mph.

NihilistZero's picture

The Federal Reserve can't allow rates rise. The government can't afford it.

Why???  Between all the reverse repo's and Belgium purchases the FED can very easily raise rates while purchasing enough paper to make it budget neutral.  The whole thing is an illusion anyway...  Raising rates is inevitable support for the petrodollar.

semperfi's picture



while (1)
    printf("we're going to raise rates soon\n");
    rate = rate + 0;

gcjohns1971's picture


DEBT=(${GDP} * 1.4)


monetarypolicy () {

while [ $DEBT > $GDP ];


   printf "We will raise rates season after next.";

   RATE=($RATE * 0);



Bernoulli's picture



LOOP UNTIL everybody goes crazy

jmc8888's picture

10 Print "Money"

20 GOTO 10


] Run

TabakLover's picture

The SP's reaction tells me............nobody is listening to Mr. Fisher.

Tsar Pointless's picture

Bubble? What bubble?

Tigg47's picture

What bubble?. The bubble that will burst on july 30 12:30 GMT. THAT bubble.

DavidC's picture

They know it's a bubble, we know it's a bubble, they know that we know that they know it's a bubble....


Quinvarius's picture

And now we know that they know it is a bubble.

Tsar Pointless's picture

I know, that you know, that they know, that you know, that I know, that they know...

Quinvarius's picture

Anything approaching a normal valuation for this market is going to look like a bubble popping. 

lasvegaspersona's picture

When the Fed 'coaxes' the interest rates down to 2% on the 10 year, current prices will look like a steal.

'Why, oh why, did I not buy back when the P/E ratios were at 19'...we will say..

Bernoulli's picture

'Why, oh why, did I not buy back when the P/E ratios were at 19'...we will say..

Isch don't sink so...

'Why, oh why, did I not buy back when the ounce was at 1300 USD...we will say..


Bernoulli's picture

Good luck with that, dude.

"Ok, everybody: There is a fire in this building, but we do not think you should all rush to the exits, but rather some of you move slowly and controlled towards the exits, without the others noticing!"

Quinvarius's picture

Or he walks into a crowded stadium with a gun.  "I am only going to shoot 3 of you...."

lasvegaspersona's picture

...because it is the main purpose of the fed to watch the markets and to make sure they are 'where they should be'.

i_call_you_my_base's picture

Right, wtf? - jawboning the stock market?

buzzsaw99's picture

not too hot

not too cold

just right