The Only Soft Landing In 50 Years Was Captain Sully On The Hudson

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Aug 05, 2022 - 06:48 PM

Authored by Vincent Cignarella, FX & Macro Strategist, Bloomberg,

History does not support the idea the Fed can engineer a soft landing.

Since 1972, every single time inflation -- as measured by yearly CPI -- spiked higher, the Fed followed with tightening. And what happened, each and every time with the exception of 1984, a recession soon followed. This time will not be different.

The good news is that after every recession, stocks rallied year-over-year and, with the lower rates that followed, bonds also gained.

Since January 1991, the Fed has changed the Fed Funds target rate a whopping 91 times. Every time it raises, it has to cut again.

So why is there a 2% target and why, each time inflation rises above it, does the Fed need to orchestrate a recession?

It makes you wonder what kind of growth cycles the economy would have if the Fed just picked a number, stayed there and let market supply and demand set rates.