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New York Fed Manufacturing Survey Tumbles As 'Hope' Hits 8-Month Low

While all eyes focused on the ISM/PMI 'soft' survey data to support the fantasy of a strong economy (as 'hard' data crashes to two-year lows), The New York Fed just poured some cold water on the hype. Empire State Manufacturing survey tumbled in July with 'hope' plunging to its lowest since Nov 2016.

Tales From The FOMC Underground

"Many of today’s economic troubles are due to a fantastic guess proved false... That the wealth effect of inflated asset prices would stimulate demand in the economy."

Visualizing "Conundrum 2.0": This Is What The Fed Is Missing

As the latest FOMC minutes demonstrated, the current period of especially loose financial conditions - despite a projected 3 rate hikes in 2017 - is confusing the Fed. Deutsche Bank has called this "Conundrum 2.0", and explains what is going on in the following chart...

June Payrolls Preview: With The Fed On Autopilot, You Can Skip This One

After a poor March jobs report, followed by an April scorcher, then another debacle in May, the June payrolls report due at 8:30am will be... very much irrelevant, because as Citi pointed out earlier, the Fed is now data-indepdendent and will keep hiking until financial conditions finally tighten (read: stocks drop). For what it's worth, here are the consensus expectations for tomorrow's report.

Key Events In The Coming Holiday-Shortened Week: Payrolls, Fed Minutes, ISM, G-20

The key economic releases this week are ISM manufacturing on Monday, ISM non-manufacturing on Thursday, and the employment report on Friday. There are several scheduled speaking engagements by Fed officials this week, including a speech by Fed Vice Chair Fischer on Thursday. The minutes from the June FOMC meeting will be released on Wednesday.

How The Fed Helps The US Spy On Foreign Governments

It's widely known that the Federal Reserve has been tasked by Congress with a "dual mandate" to maintain maintain stable consumer-goods prices, low unemployment and - oh yeah - buoyant equity prices.  However, as Reuters revealed on Monday, the central bank has another legally binding obligation that might upset some of its clients: Helping US intelligence agencies spy on foreign governments.

Key Events In The Coming Quiet Week: Brexit, Housing And Lots Of Fed Speakers

In an otherwise relatively quiet week in which the only upcoming US data is housing, current account and jobless claims, UK politics will again draw attention, one year (on Friday) after the Brexit referendum and as noted earlier, Brexit negotiations begin on Monday, despite lingering political uncertainty in the UK. Also no less than 9 FOMC members are scheduled to speak this week.