Tag Archive for Alphabet Soup

Fed SOMA and The Economy- The Puppetmaster

It’s mind boggling to me, just mind boggling, how nobody gets the simplicity of the pipeline from Ben Bernanke’s twisted brain to his henchmen the Primary Dealers, to the stock market and the economy. When the Fed pumps money into Primary Dealer trading accounts, they manipulate stock prices higher. When stock prices go up, the…

Far Goes Katchadakota

Michael Derby had a piece in the Journal covering Minneapolis Fed Pres Catchadodgedakota saying the new Fed asset buys won’t do much. That’s a misdirection play, because the Fed is already levitating the market with QL 1.5. It is not what or how much the Fed buys that matters. Purchases from Primary Dealers goose the…

Fed Feeds Vicious Spiral – Professional Edition

The Fed’s balance sheet shrank dramatically last week as MBS prepayments, GSE maturities, alphabet soup paydowns, and shrinkage of that murky and mysterious “Other” category outraced the beginning of the Fed’s direct purchases of Treasuries. If the current pace of MBS payoffs continues, and it’s likely to as long as competing rates of return are…

Tax Revenues Plunge Again, More Supply Ahead- Professional Edition

The Fed’s balance sheet shrank again last week as it settled only a couple billion in securities purchases which wasn’t enough to offset declining levels of alphabet soup. The Treasury market got whacked by big supply. Even though bid covers were strong, buyers wanted higher yields as they bought into the economic recovery story, which…