Take a look at the following two charts. These tell you all you need to know about the market's view towards Federal Reserve policy. As you know by now, the Fed is supposedly going to end QE2 at the end of this month. Ever since that announcement, coupled with continued disappointingly weak economic data, the yield on the Ten Year has fallen and the US equity markets have swooned.
There are TWO, not ONE, Achille's heals in this so-called economic recovery theme that had been making the rounds earlier in this year. The first is the lack of job growth; the second is the horrific numbers that keep coming out of the housing market.
I suspect that if the yield on the Ten Year keeps plummeting along with the equity markets, we are going to hear more and more talk about QE3.
Keep in mind that this Bernanke-led Fed fears DEFLATION more than anything. In the past Bernanke has deliberately led the markets to expect inflation based on the QE programs. They wanted that mindset to kill any talk of deflation. It did seem to work until the hedge funds, which do the bidding of their masters at the FEd, got too carried away and trained their guns on the energy markets and started to bid up the price of gasoline. That was a big, "No-No". Out came the Hawks at the Fed talking up the ending of QE2 and the need to raise rates at some point and down went the entire commodity complex along with gasoline prices.
However, the bond market is now signaling deflation once again and when that is coupled with stagnant wages, no job growth, a moribond housing market and overall economic weakness, the word dreaded most by Central Bankers, the "D" word, deflation, is now surfacing once again.
If this continues we are going to see QE3 sooner rather than later.
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