Let's Talk Inflation, The Fed and The Markets

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Let's Talk Inflation, The Fed and The Markets

Personally I feel we are going to feel this rate hike much more then the last few this year. As I wrote about before the rate hikes up till the last one simply brought us back to the levels they were pre-covid. This last one now skyrockets us past that and with that the also misunderstanding by the FED that inflation this time around is not because people are out buying everything up like hot cakes. The issue is business are trying to recover and grow again from the 2 year lock down that crushed many of them. We are now feeling a combined effort of 2 years of lock down, an over inflated pumped up stock exchange, a new world war (yes it's a world war as just about every country is involved in some way) and now drastic increases in FED rates.

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Inflation

By definition inflation is the increase in price of services and product over time which lowers the value of your money today. If you have your money in a savings account earning 2% and inflation is 8% for that year you will actully be able to buy 6% less of what you want then you could today. But here's the kicker that's general. Inflation in certain sectors could be much higher. The things the government considers necessities such as oil, food etc are not counted into this CPI report. Food and oil have both skyrocket far beyond that 8% inflation number.

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FED Rates

The FED looks only at inflation and makes adjustments to the rates in order to offset that. It causes pain in markets both stock and crypto now as crypto has more ties than ever to the stock market, less demand for consumer products and the real kicker higher unemployment rates which are now expect to go near 7% by years end of which we are ticking our way back up to 4% currently.

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The Inflation Rate

Currently the US inflation rate is sitting at 8.3% it was expected by many that the inflation number would come down to 8% for the month of September. In fact month over month we actully saw inflation increase by 0.1%

Sure that doesn't sound like much but when you're sitting back looking at it all that inflation number should have come down right?

Wrong...

In fact the big ones that aren't counted such as Food is up 0.8% in august and Medical care also up 0.8% 7x larger than the month over month CPI numbers.

The FEDs message

The FEDs message has always been to target a 2% inflation rate year over year. For the most part they have done a good job of that but then SHTF and major issue after major issue started to effect the markets. Personally I feel it's out of the FEDs hands and 2023 and towards the end of 2022 are going to be extremely messy in terms of unemployment and just a huge wake up call for many. Those pains we should have felt for those two years of lock down are now going to bite us in the butt this year and next. The good news I personally feel if you make it out of next year on top you're going to be sitting pretty.

The Next Meeting for the FED is slated for November and they are already predicting they will slam in another 75 base points to the rate. This is going to make the end of 2022 start to paint the picture of what 2023 is going to look like in terms of things screaming to a halt. It's also expect another 50 points will come the month after in December. That's already putting us at least 125 points or 1.25% increase in 2023 the kicker. What they do today we wont really feel for about 6 months to a year thus making 2023 a rough ride. That ride however could last into partial 2024 and mean we wont rally feel another rally on anything till 2025.

What are you thoughts on the outlook of the rest of this year and 2023?

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There is a cascade effect of everything and with inflation and increased credit point, there is less money going into the economy. That means fewer investments also in the crypto world, I am afraid that this will mean hard years to come...

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It a good idea to stock up on regular things you will use everyday, I feel its going to get a lot worse before it gets better!

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We have already seen five rate hikes with a sixth/seventh on the way this year. I think the majority of the damage has been done to the equities markets. However the full extent of the damage has yet to be seen for the real estate markets.

With interest rates being so insanely high for fixed rate mortgages you have people that are simply unable to qualify for new homes. The income requirements have shot through the roof with the rates and so have the down payments. People are already underwater on recently purchased mortgages and properties, as new home builders are getting cancellations.

Lumber, fuel and other raw material prices have been down. Even gold took a hit recently as people began to tap into their savings and "stores of value". This is why Bitcoin has gotten squeezed so hard lately too- it is digital gold of course and its value is being tapped just like a battery.

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Housing will keep crashing, feds will be forced to reverse course and lower rates or stop raising interest rates once they see this effect.

Inflation is already somewhat under control, relative to the high prices that will remain sustained. It will take a full year to get these numbers on paper for YoY readings so in the mean time politicians will be picking apart the data for any signs of divergence.

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Inflation is not under control, I was with u 💯 until they last part. Rates are still negative at 4% given CPI is higher. It’s a totally fake market for over a decade plus and the pain is not avoidable. I agree with u on much but no inflation isn’t under control. Energy prices this winter will be insane and even with a lower CPI of that’s the case it won’t be stable for years.

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Inflation is a side effect of printing money, correct? Since they have stopped printing so much, as quickly, the rate at which the supply dilution is happening is slowing. This is evident in the M2SL charts (M2 Money Supply) which have shown a tapering and plateau. No more stimulus bills have been passed recently, they stopped the assistance programs and supplemental checks.

It may not seem like it considering most prices are still higher, and they will remain high. Inflation is a rate at which things are moving up, remember, it is not the prices that we are paying. Also with oil barrel prices plummeting to below $80 a barrel from where it peaked at $129 will have a dramatic effect on the bottom line for pricing moving forward since transportation is one of the largest costs for consumer goods.

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