Fed Slashes Growth Outlook, Six Fed Officials Do Not See Rate Hike Until 2015

Tyler Durden's picture

This is just getting better and better:

  • FOMC: 2012 GROWTH AT 2.2%-2.7% VS 2.5%-2.9% IN NOV. FORECAST

Japan is now seriously blushing. As for the reality of the Fed's forecasts, they are absolutely worthless, so no point in even spending one minute on them. 

Furthermore, the Fed, contrary to some misunderstanding, is not engaging in inflation targeting with endless QE until said inflation is achieved. It is merely saying what it predicts the inflation rate should be (modest difference). Of course, at 2%, we know just where inflation will never be - this is after all the Fed.

The inflation rate over the longer run is primarily determined by monetary policy, and hence the Committee has the ability to specify a longer-run goal for inflation. The Committee judges that inflation at the rate of 2 percent, as measured by the annual change in the price index for personal consumption expenditures, is most consistent over the longer run with the Federal Reserve's statutory mandate. Communicating this inflation goal clearly to the public helps keep longer-term inflation expectations firmly anchored, thereby fostering price stability and moderate long-term interest rates and enhancing the Committee's ability to promote maximum employment in the face of significant economic disturbances.

Yet here is the funniest chart: the "longer run" fed funds rate.

Uh...if you keep ZIRP until 2015, we are going to have a 100% FF rate in 2016. Because what the Fed is doing is setting the stage for the biggest, and finally last, credit bubble in the history of the world.


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Dr. Engali's picture

2015 we aren't going to last that long. Nobody can buy the amount of paper we need to sell.

Silver Bug's picture

Wow I highly doubt the US Dollar will make it until 2015 at zero percent interest rates. Hyper inflation here we come!



Popo's picture

Bernanke understands his predecessor well.  He'll retire long before 2015.   Just unleash the stimulus genie, and quickly take your bows.  Then run for the hills and feign age-related memory loss. 

Fuck you Bernanke.  The world knows you failed.

Chief KnocAHoma's picture

Wait one damn mintue... Obama told me last night the State of our Union was getting stronger and we had turned the corner.. didn't the Fed governors see him dance on the Lezbo Ellen show? Don't they know his speechs can heal broken markets? Man these dudes are dumb.

Glad we have Hussein in the White House to straighten all this out...

trav7777's picture

and gold is promptly apeshit

There is no demand for credit even at 0%.  This should tell everyone something, but apparently economists can't get it.

Kali's picture

I can't wait til people start openly laughing when any of them give speeches.  Just like the Chinese did to Timmay!

John Law Lives's picture

Since when have Fed Chairman pre-announced their intentions re. monetary policy several years in advance.

This move wreaks of desperation.  The Fed is subsidizing Congress by allowing them to pile on new debt through reckless deficit spending.  It is a sure path to destruction.

The Monkey's picture

Agreed.  The Fed has failed.  The government in general was never straightforward with the American public.  Most likely, they listened to the people that had answers to their liking.  Obama has not said anything that would shake confidence and increase consumer saving.  To the contrary, consumers went balls to the wall in Q4 in a year where household income declined 3% and savings again dipped into the 3% range.  No matter what the Fed does, this is a mean reverting series and tends to overshoot.  There is no way to stop what is coming.  A massive output gap, consumer retrenchment and deflation.


Buck Johnson's picture

We won't and the dollar won't either.  We are buying our own paper and we are seeing inflation increasing and increasing by the month, especially in food and other items that people use everyday.  We will see hyperinflation, and when that happens all hell will break loose in the US, that is why they are increasing the power of the state and govt..  Because they know that our populace has been dumbed down and made complacent (most not all) as long as they get their checks.  But when those checks don't come and/or they can't buy a gallon of milk, they will go insane with rage.

stocktivity's picture

...and the market rockets higher on the news

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I just love it when the clown circus is in town.

I thought everything was already fixed good as new?


Any chance a few more sheeple wake up when the Fed spews more nonsense?

GeneMarchbanks's picture

'Uh...if you keep ZIRP until 2015, we are going to have a 100% FF rate in 2016. Its called the biggest credit bubble in the history of the wsorld.'

Scorched Earth policy.

drink or die's picture

Should have a balanced budget by 2014, right...right? 

Hobbleknee's picture

Don't forget, all the fake budget reductions were based on +6% growth every year for the next decade.  O_O

nudlee's picture

"Fight Club was the beginning, now it's moved out of the basement, it's called Project Mayhem."

Conrad Murray's picture

This is relevant to my interests. Homework ideas? Maybe leave some infected USBs marked "Celeb XXX 2012" lying around Midtown or in front of Squid HQ? Follow a few squid home and add to the growing list of d0x?

Chief KnocAHoma's picture

Dude you are NOT supposed to talk about fight club.

Irish66's picture

I thought I was prepared but this is insanity, kukoos nest.


ZeroPower's picture

ZIRP till 2015 now? Easy credit FTW. 

GeneMarchbanks's picture

slv... 180...shortly*


*fixed at no charge.

Manthong's picture

If this market does a Granville, the metals will tank to a degree again before parting company with equity and resuming the ascent towards the heavens.

asteroids's picture

What a fucking disaster. The FED doesn't think things will improve until at LEAST 2015. And the market rallies in response??? This is hell.

Everybodys All American's picture

What they really wanted to say was we have no clue when things will get better or if they ever will but that wouldn't play well in the media or for Obama's re-election.

Cpl Hicks's picture

Welcome to hell

Lost your "Hope & Change" button? So sorry. Here's the new 2012 version.

Oh, I pinned it thru your skin? I meant to do that.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

Essentially it means depression until 2022/2024. The FED can only 'see' until 2015 and sees nothing improving until then.

Extrapolate how many new jobs need to be created to employ the jobless and the newly graduating and multiply by current job creation rates. Full (5%) employment won't occur until the late teens, 2017 perhaps and that would be based on a increasing employment trend with no intermixed recessions/depressions appearing in the meantime.

The international oil agencies feel there will be a progression of the downside of the peak oil plateau around 2014-2016 according to their data. That means higher oil prices and higher food prices, less disposable income and more unemployment.

Demographics say more baby-boomers retiring and spending less, since many will be living on social security alone. That won't cause an increase in spending and may not help unemployment since they will need to supplement their income because of inflation and higher oil prices.

Unless we get some breakthrough technology in the next few years that causes massive growth in some sectors and reduces the cost of oil, we are stuck in park and the emergency brake doesn't work as we continue to drift sideways and downhill with no one at the steering wheel.

The future remains a place of great caution where it is easier to lose a fortune than make one.


walküre's picture

I'm less pessimistic. 2018/2019 is my prediction before they're making real moves. There will be war between now and then as well. The stage is being set.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

I agree on the war/police action. I'm being optimistic, worst case ain't pretty.

I think there are 4 major factors at work in controlling our destinies.

1.debt/financial fraud - global problem

2.peak oil - global problem

3.demographics - u.s, western europe,china,japan problem

4.technology - no quantum leap, must have technologies to drive growth and secondary markets- u.s, canada,western europe problem.

We might get lucky and crack one or two of these, but that still leaves 2 major problems that are irresolvable.

of course there could be many more problems should our aging nuclear reactors flake out ala fukushima, or any of a host of terrible problems like earthquakes, tsunamis and power grid failures. I work with the problems I can see, and I wish the view were better.


Timmay's picture

At some point these guys will realize we don't give a shit what they say anymore.

baby_BLYTHE's picture

When they destroy the currency, the FED will end itself. Today was the final nail in the dollar's coffin. All credability will be lost when the dollar quits working.

I Got Worms's picture

Have I just been smoking too many banana peels, or does the Mayan calander reset AND the Federal Reserve's charter both expire on 12/21/12?


"One in a million, doc!!" /Frank Castanza

baby_BLYTHE's picture

I've brought this up on ZH before and the consensus on here seems that somehow the Federal Reserve Act was modified sometime in the 1970s that removed the language containing the expiration date of the charter. If that is indeed true, the FED became an arm of the government overnight without a whimper nor vote from the people... never mind the Constitution (law of the land) that has no authority for a private central bank. They got away with it when they removed the dollar's last link from gold in 1971, from that date they knew they would need the FED in place to print to infinity.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

That explains the birth of electronic commerce, otherwise we'd have to cut down all the trees just to make paper.

The Federal Reserve saving the planet from global deforestation, one tree at a time. - a future FED commercial perhaps?

evolutionx's picture


We now live in a world where governments print worthless pieces of paper to buy other worthless pieces of paper that combined with worthless derivatives, finance assets whose values are totally dependent on all these worthless debt instruments.  Thus most of these assets are also worth-less.


So the world financial system is a house of cards where each instrument’s false value is artificially supported by another instrument’s false value. The fuse of the world financial market time bomb has been lit.  There is no longer a question of IF it will happen but only WHEN and HOW.  The world lives in blissful ignorance of this. Stockmarkets remain strong and investors worldwide have piled into government bonds in a perceived flight to safety. Due to a century of money creation (and in particular since the 1970s) by governments and by the fractal banking system, investors believe that stocks, bonds and property can only go up. Understanding risk and sound investment principles has not been necessary in these casino markets with guaranteed payouts for anyone who plays the game. Maximum leverage and derivatives have in the last 10-15 years driven markets to unfathomable risk levels, with massive rewards for the participants.




Let them eat iPads's picture

ZIRP has been extended to the year 2525.

If man is still alive.

andybev01's picture

Now you did it...




It will take all freakin' day to get that out of my head.

Elwood P Suggins's picture

Does ZIRP stand for Zero In on Ron Paul by any chance?

fonzannoon's picture

This is a death sentence if you are a fixed income trader. My fixed income trader support meeting is going to be packed tonight.

hack3434's picture

Easy to solve....lever up 500x and that 1% yield means something. I'm maxing out my CC to buy them treasuries. 

walküre's picture

Curious to see what the reaction in the BDIY will be overnight. If it keeps plummeting, I'd stay out of equities despite ZIRP4EVA. If it catches a few bids and comes back above $1000 we might live to see another day.

Oh, and FYI Greece will default and leave the Eurozone. Done deal. Euro is expected to come back to $1.40 by this summer.

Muddle thru.

DionysusDevotee's picture

So...More silver then?

Eally Ucked's picture

Ha,ha they don't have goal for employment "FOMC DOESN'T SET SPECIFIC LONG-RUN GOAL FOR EMPLOYMENT LEVEL" how would they do it anyway, start their own business in printing industry?

Dr. Engali's picture

Yeah I wonder what 4% longer rates do when we have  20 trillion in recognized debt in four years. I'm sure that will work out well.

fonzannoon's picture

I think this rally gets faded quick as people start realizing exactly what is being admitted today....which is that we are fked.

TheSilverJournal's picture

Don't worry, recovery is right around the corner...riiiigght after mid 2013..err, after 2014. Oh, and housing is bottoming right now..again. And that balancing the budget thingy..we'll get to that right after the rocovery occurs. / sarc (actually I don't even here them even try to lie about balancing the budget anymore)