March 30, 2023 | Daily JAM, Morning Briefing, Short Term |
Today the Federal Reserve mounted a full-court press (Hey, it is March Madness time, right?) on the need for at least one more interest rate increase before any pause. And financial markets were listening.
March 25, 2023 | Daily JAM, Short Term |
Look for another inflation report this week. This time–on March 31–it’s the Federal Reserve’s favorite inflation model, the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) index. And, there’s potential trouble in this report–if projections from the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank’s Inflation NowCast are accurate.
March 22, 2023 | Daily JAM, Short Term |
Not a whole lot of news out of today’s breathlessly awaited meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee. The committee raised its short-term benchmark rate by 25 basis points to a range of 4.75% to 5%. That move had about 80% odds in its favor going into the meeting. The Dot Plot projections kept the interest rate forecast at 5.1% for the end of 2023. That was unchanged from the December Dot Pot projections.
March 21, 2023 | Daily JAM, Short Term, Videos, VIX |
This week’s Trend of the Week: There is no Trend. When I was filming this video on Tuesday the 14th, the S&P was up almost 2%, the DOW was up almost 1.5%, the NASDAQ was up 2.23% and the VIX, which had been climbing higher with the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, was down almost 15%. Since filming, the markets dipped sharply with the threat of Credit Suisse going under, and have trended slightly upward since. If you’re going to trade in this market, you have to do one of two things. One thing is to be very fast, and trade on the bounces as they show up. The other tactic is planning ahead. Long-term in this market is about a week. A week prior to filming (3/6) I bought Call Options on the VIX (the volatility index) and I sold them on March 13 with a 108% return. On March 14, however, those VIX Call options were down 27%. Talk about volatility! The trend is, there is no trend. Subscribe to my JubakPicks.com to get timely posts on how to keep up with the chaos. For more options and other volatility plays, subscribe to JubakAM.com.
March 16, 2023 | Daily JAM, Short Term |
Today at 2:30 p.m. New York time the yield on a 10-year Treasury was up 10 basis points to 3.55%. Yesterday the yield had dropped to 3.50%. The yield on the 2-year Treasury, very sensitive to sentiment on Fed interest rate policy, crossed back above 4% to 4.15%. Yesterday the yield had dipped to 3.99%. Another day like this and we’ll see some short-term yields, 6-month perhaps–above 5% again.
March 16, 2023 | Daily JAM, Morning Briefing, Short Term |
The European Central Bank raised its benchmark short-term interest rate by another 50 basis points today. The bank said that the European banking system has strong capital and liquidity positions in spite of problems at Credit Suisse that led that bank to borrow $54 billion from the ECB yesterday. Fighting inflation remains the bank’s top priority.
March 15, 2023 | Daily JAM, Morning Briefing, Short Term |
Shares of Credit Suisse (CS) fell this morning–if a 31% drop at the worst moment can be called “falling”–after the bank’s biggest shareholder said it would NOT put more money into the challenged bank. As of noon New York time, shares of Credit Suisse were down 24.1%. The bank’s bonds fell to levels that signal deep financial distress, with securities due in 2026 dropping 17.75 cents to 70 cents on the dollar in New York. That puts their yield at about 20 percentage points above U.S. Treasuries.
March 14, 2023 | Daily JAM, Short Term |
Remember the financial market consensus that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by 50 basis points at its March 22 meeting and that we should expect to see peak short-term rates from the Fed above 5.5% and maybe even as high as 6%. Not any more. The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the exposure of exactly how fragile the banking system is has led to a return of the earlier (as in a month or two ago) consensus.
March 13, 2023 | Daily JAM, Short Term |
Tomorrow’s CPI inflation report for February will show whether the Federal Reserve faces a very difficult task in bringing down inflation without crashing the economy (and/or the banking system) or whether the job is simply impossible. Right now economists are pointing toward impossible. The annual inflation rate is likely to have come down in February from January but the month-to-month trend is likely to be flat. Which means that inflation has stopped declining with the annual rate well above the Fed’s 2% target rate.
March 13, 2023 | Daily JAM, Morning Briefing, Short Term |
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank means both a whole lot for your portfolio and very little. It depends. I’ll explain.
March 10, 2023 | Daily JAM, Morning Briefing, Short Term |
The U.S. economy added 311,000 jobs in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, March 10. That was an expected drop from the January blowout of 504,000 new jobs. But it was significantly above the 225,000 jobs expected by economists surveyed by Bloomberg.
March 8, 2023 | Daily JAM, Short Term, Special Reports |
This is going to take me a while to get all five steps posted. The market situation is very complicated right now and the appropriate solutions are very specific. I’m going to start with the short-term moves you need to be making NOW and then gradually extend my recommendations to cover the entire next five months. I’ve now posted Steps #1, #2, and #3