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Nice parabolic trend floor and failure.
December 17, 2015
2014 Monetary Policy Release
Based on its current assessment, the Committee judges that it can be patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy. The Committee sees this guidance as consistent with its previous statement that it likely will be appropriate to maintain the 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time following the end of its asset purchase program in October, especially if projected inflation continues to run below the Committee's 2 percent longer-run goal, and provided that longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored.
The next chart shows the 10-year inflation expectations as seen when subtracting the 10-year inflation protected treasury yield from the 10-year nominal treasury yield.
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The Fed might want to cut the deflationary anchor loose. We're in danger of being pulled under by it again, not that many seem to notice or care.
The Committee expects inflation to rise gradually toward 2 percent as the labor market improves further and the transitory effects of lower energy prices and other factors dissipate.
Good luck on that. I am at least 80% confident that the treasury market, as a whole, is smarter than a small group of relatively detached elitist policy makers meeting behind closed doors. Yeah, call me crazy if you must.
For what it is worth, and as a holder of long-term treasury bonds (with inflation protection), I also remain 80% confident that the Fed will not raise interest rates in 2015 and that the 30-year nominal treasury yield will not exceed 3% in 2015.
As a side note, I've said this before and it is worth repeating. My long-term treasury bonds have inflation protection for the same reason my house has fire insurance. I do not expect my house to burn over the long-term. I do not expect inflation to be a problem over the long-term. That said, I'm only 80% confident. The insurance is for the remaining 20% of the time. Further, I do not root for heavy inflation any more than I would root for my house to burn.
Those sitting in inflation protected treasuries actively rooting for high inflation clearly do not understand the situation. One does not get wealthier paying heavy taxes on heavy inflationary gains (each and every year). That's a path to the poor house. Of course, those without any inflation protection during such a period would be riding a bullet train to the poor house, so it's all relative I guess.
The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves. - Alan Greenspan, 1966
Pick your poison. I've picked mine. This is not investment advice.
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