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Fed Turns Dovish In June, Sparks Chaos Everywhere

Fed Turns Dovish In June, Sparks Chaos Everywhere

The Fed left interest rates unchanged during its June FOMC meeting, exactly as we previewed and exactly as the markets expected. According to most analysts, commentators, and in some part the financial markets themselves, just about every aspect of the June FOMC event was more dovish than had been anticipated.

Unsurprisingly for us though, as we had already warned of an indecisive Fed; a once credible central bank which had inherited the tendency to troll markets left, right and center.

We maintain our stance that the Fed will remain indecisive, further loose confidence about positive momentum in the economy, and thereby adhering more to a 'wait and see' rather than a  'do and adjust' policy.

Fed & BoJ To Troll Markets This Week

Fed & BoJ To Troll Markets This Week

There's never been a central bank more thuggish than the Fed. First, it delayed hiking rates by more than 11 months, only doing so once in December by a tiny 25bp. Remember the vicious cycle of "promising to hike, only to scare markets into a drawdown, refusing to hike, therefore talking markets into a rally" we have been taught by the Fed to abide by?

With each passing FOMC meeting (already 4 have passed this year), and with every twist and turn of the macro economic grade book, the markets have rallied and tanked in a vomit-including clusterf***, in the process trolling traders and screwing investors' portfolios.

Largest NFP Miss Ever Kills June Fed Hike

Largest NFP Miss Ever Kills June Fed Hike

When we first saw the 38,000 print, we thought it was an error with our news feed. But no, the U.S. economy added only 38,000 non-farm jobs in May, the lowest since September 2010, and the biggest miss on record. It's really hard to overstate how morbidly bad May's payrolls were. It is, however, commensurately easy to kiss a June rate hike by the Fed a sweet goodbye.

This report was so ugly that we feel it leaves almost no room for an alternative interpretation. Specifically, one of forgetting about a June rate hike. The Fed is almost certainly not going to hike later this month.

With the addition of May's payrolls, we are outright bearish the U.S. dollar and will be looking for good opportunities to gain some short exposure. We are of course fully ready to stop dead in our tracks and turn on a dime, as must be expected when dealing with such troll-worthy elements.

April FOMC Minutes Put June Hike Back On Table

April FOMC Minutes Put June Hike Back On Table

First it was the April FOMC statement that turned out to be more dovish than hawkish, and then it was the April NFP report that missed expectations badly, busting market expectations for a June rate hike.

However as regular readers and subscribers to our journals will know, we believed that despite soft economic data and cautious/dovish Fed language, there was still a good chance for a Fed hike in June. The tides turned this week upon the release of the April FOMC minutes, and very abruptly so.

A hawkish turn was something we warned about in the preceding days before the release of the April Fed minutes. It was also one of the risks we highlighted here, and here, under uncertainties regarding monetary policy.

April NFP Misses Big, June Fed Rate Hike Busted

April NFP Misses Big, June Fed Rate Hike Busted

Yellen, we have a problem. April's jobs data was a disaster (as we had forewarned) and markets are starting to get properly concerned this time, judging by the way in which they reacted. A June rate hike by the Fed now seems less likely than ever before, with the Fed Funds futures market implying a mere 4% chance of a hike next month when the FOMC reconvenes to decide on the future of the U.S. economy.

The start of May is really turning out to be a summer of shocks, which is why even Bill Gross could possibility foresee the advent of QE being launched by the Fed — Helicopter money.

The April NFP report released Friday missed the headline expectation by 40,000 jobs coming in at 160,000, or the lowest since September 2015 when the U.S. saw only 145,000 jobs added.

Dollar Eyed With Key April NFP Report This Week

Dollar Eyed With Key April NFP Report This Week

Last week was packed with central bank activity, with the Fed holding interest rates unchanged exactly as we previewed the event, and the BoJ's shocking stunner of doing absolutely nothing (despite heightened expectations of more monetary easing) has sent the U.S. dollar into a free fall, testing its May 2015 lows.

The focus this week will be on the American jobs market where the BLS is set to release the April Non-farm Payrolls (NFP) report this Friday at 830am EST. This puts all the attention back on the greenback, which has already been capturing headlines from financial media all across the world.

The consensus expectation is for an addition of 200,000 new jobs to the U.S. economy, down from March's 215,000 print. The U3 unemployment rate is expected to hold firm at 5.0%, but the focus will almost certainly be on wage inflation.

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged & June Open For Hike

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged & June Open For Hike

Following our pre-FOMC primer on what to expect during today's April Fed event, the Fed has once again left the Federal Funds target rate unchanged at 0.25% - 0.50%.

This is precisely what we talked about in out last snippet, that the Fed will rather err on the side of caution than to tighten prematurely and risk having to reverse its path of policy actions.

The market now expects at least a 25% likelihood that the Fed will hike rates during their 15 June meeting, once again back loading the path of tightening. We reckon that the Fed will not wish to wait beyond June to throw in its next interest rate hike.

Other than what we've mentioned above, this statement was more or less a snoozer and came in mostly as expected. We maintain our current stance on the markets we track and trade.

All Eyes On The Fed This Week

All Eyes On The Fed This Week

The U.S. Federal Reserve will release its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement at 2pm EST this coming Wednesday (27 April). Market participants aren't expecting a rate hike at this point and with no press conference following the publication of the statement, the language of the document will be closely scrutinized for clues about the 15 June FOMC.

The Fed has downgraded its rate hike expectations for 2016 citing global headwinds that have limited U.S. growth. So far employment remains the strongest pillar of said recovery but the job gains and the lowest unemployment claims in 42 years won't be enough to sway the opinion of Fed members to vote for a rate hike until other economic gauges show improvements. It's safe to say that markets will be focusing back on the greenback this week.

We're Loading Up The Shorts

We're Loading Up The Shorts

We've turned intermittently bearish again. Yes, you might be wondering why the flip flopping. That's because price action has been doing exactly that, flip flopping. It wasn't until late last week, specifically after Friday's release of the January NFP report that turned the tables for us.

We're bearish. Bearish enough to have loaded up a few shorts on risk. Bearish enough to lever up slightly on safety and closing all our longs on individual equity names.

Conclusively, the picture has become clearer for us, and we're really starting to get convicted on one direction.

Told Ya So...

Told Ya So...

Exactly 6 days ago, we publicly said that we were short term bullish risk assets and were sitting on the fence for the medium term. We'd previously been bearish the week before but flipped sides on a turn of a dime. We also stated that we were in the precipice of going bullish for the medium term, and our biases were going to be shaped by the week's price action.

Fast forwarding to this past Friday's close, it seems that we were right on our call. Readers will know that this isn't the first time we've been right on our market calls. On 25 October 2015, we called the bottom in the U.S. stock market.

Reiterating last Monday's bullish call, we're now short and medium term bullish. Bullish level 90%. Trade accordingly.