Goldman's Take On The FOMC Statement

Tyler Durden's picture

Goldman, whose Bill Dudley runs the New York Fed, and the Fed in general, gives the official party line on how to interpret the Fed's statement. Summary: all is well.

BOTTOM LINE: On net the FOMC statement is very close to our expectations as the FOMC upgrades its description of the economic outlook, acknowledges the impact of oil prices on inflation, and softens (but retains) the "significant downside risks" phrase.


1. On net the FOMC statement is very close to our expectations. In particular, the FOMC continues to see "significant downside risks" but softened this statement to acknowledge that "strains in global financial markets have eased." In the same vein the committee dropped the phrase "notwithstanding some slowing in global growth" from the first paragraph.

2. As expected, the FOMC upgraded its assessment of the economic outlook. First, the committee acknowledges that the unemployment rate has declined "notably" in recent months, and that it expects it to decline "gradually" (instead of "only gradually"). Second, the committee upgraded its assessment of business fixed investment from "has slowed" to "has continued to advance." Third, the committee now expects "moderate" instead of "modest" growth over the coming quarters.

3. The FOMC acknowledges the likely implications of the recent run-up in energy prices. First, the statement continues to say that "inflation has been subdued in recent months," but the committee added "although prices of crude oil and gasoline have increased lately." Second, the committee acknowledges that "the recent increase in oil and gasoline prices will push up inflation temporarily" but continues to anticipate that "subsequently inflation will run at or below the rate that it judges most consistent with its dual mandate."

4. Richmond Fed President Lacker again dissented against the action at today’s meeting. However, he strengthened the rationale for his dissent. He now says that he "does not anticipate that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate through late 2014." Previously, he had only dissented against the forward-looking language.

BOTTOM LINE: The FOMC signaled that policy rates will remain low “at least through late 2014”. The next release at 2pm will clarify how this relates to meeting participants’ new funds rate forecasts.

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Peter K's picture

All is not well, if your Bill Gross:)

Seasmoke's picture

i think they are on a mission to blow Gross up !

GeneMarchbanks's picture

They heard he was feelin' a little Ron Paulish. Thought they might make him feel a little more Mittens-ish.

TruthInSunshine's picture

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The Big Ching-aso's picture



If you're a depositor this could mean your interest rate ramps up another .001% through 2014.   All's well.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

JPM's take:  raise div; authorize share buyback.

Ain't life grand!

Sudden Debt's picture

It was 2007, 2008 and all banks where buying back shares for a reason...

Bastiat's picture

Bernanke:  "Le Bourse? C'est moi!"

Sudden Debt's picture

"Ceci n'est pas un dollar"

Everybodys All American's picture

it's as if they saw the FOMC statement days ago ...

kito's picture

anybody else starting to understand no qe3 = no gold 2000?

fonzannoon's picture

it's the part about the market running like a steam engine that I think is confusing Kito

kito's picture

confusing to who? i dont see the stock market as particularly relevant to gold price movement. its all about what the fed does. gold down over 30 as we speak. its simple.....

LawsofPhysics's picture

Wake me when it goes back under $400, which is where the dollar average on my holdings is.  Hey, look the market is almost back to where is was in 2008.

fonzannoon's picture

I don't see the price of gold particulary relevant to much because outside of the people on this site, no one owns it. Those that do ain't selling. This site has been warning for months that the idea of QE going away would be very market negative.

Sudden Debt's picture

If you can't trust the FED or goldman sachs, now who can you trust right?

Al Huxley's picture

How long until they punt Lacker?  Or is he the token dissenting voice?  Do they really need that nowadays, now that they've dropped all pretenses about meddling in the markets?

Dr. Engali's picture

He is a token. Nothing more.

AmazingLarry's picture

Have YOU bought your DJSPXAPPL yet?!!? Nuttin but green candles all the way to salvation.

Al Huxley's picture

OK, I'm putting an end to this right now - going all in on AAPL short-dated ATM calls, if that doesn't reverse this market, nothing will.

Dr. Engali's picture

Time to throw in the towel on this one way market.

Chappy's picture

No QE, dollar down, inflation up, PM's down, what is driving this market apeshit up right now?

ss123's picture

How's housing doing?

Al Huxley's picture

Housing is so 2006 - get with the times, join the iBubble.

Aductor's picture

The new normal: Inverted flash-crash. So tradeable - if you can front-run!

LongSoupLine's picture

It's fucking comes the blow off top.  DOW 100,000 by fucking Friday!

Rip van Wrinkle's picture

Is that the same Fed that said house prices had never fallen in the US? The same Fed that said sub-prime is contained?


Oh, OK, that Fed.

Yen Cross's picture

 When irrationality sets in, a change in course is imminent!

Ted Baker's picture


HD's picture

"All is well"

  Thank God. I was getting worried. And here I was thinking that the market is broken and manipulated. Silly me.  I was convinced that the market is obsessed with QE not just because it's easy money, but because it is now the only money. Imagine I was so stupid that I believed that massive money printing by central banks around the world (who have eased 75 times in the past few years) has anything to do with soaring food and fuel prices.

I was blind not to realize that no jobs, no growth, and sovereign defaults would not equal a parabolic bull market.

All is indeed well. I'll move along now. Nothing to see.


e-man's picture

This should end well.  Get the popcorn ready.

ss123's picture

What clown on this board is junking good posts? Someone from the Fed?

ivars's picture

Today is exactly one year since my long term silver spot price prediction chart was created and published on March 13th, 2011, here:

Disregard most of the text, please, except advice for silver buying in the end:

[quote]So, keep silver, but You can buy or repurchase it cheaper during 2011-early 2012 than now. [/quote]

I will take the opportunity given by this anniversary to analyze the charts accuracy during and over one year.

One year ago, on Friday, March 11, 2011, Silver closing spot price was 35,9USD/Oz. In my chart on March 13,2011 I predicted that Silver closing spot price on March 13th, 2012 will be 32,5 USD/oz. Today it is 33,2 as I write. So the accuracy of this END-to-END prediction over one year period is about 2 %.

Here You can see the shorter term part of the same chart ( red color) with comparison to actual silver spot prices over the year period. I would like to suggest what would have been stacker actions he/she would have followed the chart:

1) He/she  would never had bought silver above 32,5 USD but waited until it falls below it-except if he wanted to make short term profit on the peaks and troughs in April and August-September by going long before the peak and short at or after the peak.

2) He/she would have bought like hell in October 2011 when closing price was in the range 30-32

3) He/she would have been happily surprised by drop in December -January 2012 and buying with all his money when price went even below 30 USD

4) He/she would have never fallen into traps of April , August-September, October -November and February 2012 excitement and would not have bought above 32,5 -sold may be to make profit and bough back later.

Of course, no one is able to believe in any chart so much, especially from an unknown source, but some reliance on it after it had proved quite accurate ( don't by above 32,5) would have helped after September crash.

But now the scary part comes to test the chart- the fast raise and drop in silver which according to original chart should start already on April 1st 2012, and reach peak by October 2012, OR, according to the same chart that was little bit tuned (green)  in October 17th, 2011- slower and later ( from mid June 2012, with a real sharp rise starting mid September, double top November-December 2012).

From both charts, I would say start to believe its going to hit 60-70 in 2012  once its over 45-50  But there will be a crash again, so buying above 45-50 without intent to sell at the peak is not advisable.

Can't wait to see what will happen. I do not trade, but have bought some physical gold to test own charting. If I am as lucky as usual in financial matters, I will loose money. Hope that helps.

All my prediction charts are in one place here:

zebrasquid's picture

They can hide, but they can't run...