Commentary: The Fed Steps On Middle America Again

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by CHQ Staff

 

President Trump’s pro-growth economic policies have put America back to work, and for over a year drove the stock market to new highs, boosting the personal wealth of millions of middle income Americans, then came the Federal Reserve’s inexplicable decision to raise interest rates again.

Since the Fed began talking up regular interest rate hikes, the stampede by investors erased about $5 trillion in value from global stock and bond markets in October alone. Overall, the loss is estimated by some to be as much as $8 trillion.

According to CNBC’s post at Thursday’s market close:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 440 points, bringing its two-day declines to more than 700 points and its 5-day losses to more than 1,700 points. The S&P 500 fell 1.5 percent as technology stocks underperformed. The Nasdaq Composite also fell 1.5 percent, into bear market territory amid big losses in Amazon and Apple. Companies in the S&P 500 have lost a total of $2.39 trillion in market cap this month. The Cboe Volatility Index — one of the market’s best gauges of marketplace fear — rose above 30.

As our friends at NewsMax noted, it’s exceedingly rare the Federal Reserve raises interest rates when stocks are behaving this badly.

In fact, Wednesday’s rate hike marked the first time since 1994 that the Fed tightened the money supply in this brutal a market. Right now, the S&P 500 is down over the last three, six and 12 months, a backdrop that has accompanied just two of 76 rate increases since 1980.

The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate for the fourth time this year (more than the entire Obama presidency) to reflect the U.S. economy’s “continued strength” but signaled that it expects to slow its rate hikes next year.

Bloomberg News reported that Wednesday’s quarter-point increase, to a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent, lifted the Fed’s benchmark rate to its highest point since 2008. It will mean higher borrowing costs for many consumers and businesses, such as homebuilders who are already seeing a slowdown in orders.

The Fed’s move came despite President Trump’s attacks in recent weeks on its rate hikes and on Chairman Jerome Powell personally. The president has complained that the moves are threatening the economy.

President Trump is right about the rate hike’s threat to the overall economy, but there’s also another threat to which the Fed’s mandarins are largely immune – the threat of a reduction in the quality of life for millions of American families.

Right now, the economy for America’s working families on Main Street is great – even the New York Times agrees:

Whatever one thinks of President Trump, it’s hard to deny that much of America is feeling great again.

Surveys show that consumers have been this confident only twice before, at the height of the economic booms of the 1960s and 1990s, and their mood is bright across income groups, not just among the rich. Small business confidence has not been higher since the surveys began nearly five decades ago. The misery index, invented in the 1970s to describe the agonizing combination of inflation and unemployment, is now just 6 percent, matching the lowest levels of the last half century.

This year in particular, the economy has performed exceptionally well. Among major economies, only the United States has accelerated significantly in 2018, while Europe, Japan and many emerging economies have slowed markedly. The Commerce Department reported Friday that the economy grew at a very strong pace of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, putting it on track for its best year in more than a decade. This raises a question: Why has the stock market, which normally rises when investors anticipate strong economic growth, been gyrating wildly?

Investors may now be expecting America to peak after a hot decade. Even with recent setbacks, the performance gap between the United States stock market and the rest of the global markets is close to a 100-year high. Money flowing into the United States has also driven up the value of the dollar, which has never been more dominant as the world’s preferred currency.

The Fed’s projected growth rate or target is 2 percent, half of President trump’s stated goal of 4 percent and less than half of the best quarter achieved during the Trump economic boom.

So why would the Fed want to do anything to slow that record-breaking run, slow wage growth and encourage a Bear market that will strip more wealth from the retirement accounts and college funds of America’s working families?

No one, even Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, seems to be able to clearly answer that question, and many see a Deep State move to hobble the President going into the 2020 election. Whether there is a political motive, or simply a Wall Street over Main Street bias one thing is certain: In the alternative universe where Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe and the mandarins who control America’s Federal Reserve Bank live, good economic news for America’s middle-income families is something to be feared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reprinted with permission from ConservativeHQ.

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3 Thoughts to “Commentary: The Fed Steps On Middle America Again”

  1. Thomas

    “No one, even Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, seems to be able to clearly answer that question, and many see a Deep State move to hobble the President going into the 2020 election. Whether there is a political motive, or simply a Wall Street over Main Street bias one thing is certain: In the alternative universe where Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe and the mandarins who control America’s Federal Reserve Bank live, good economic news for America’s middle-income families is something to be feared.”

    “History shows that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit and
    violent means possible to maintain control over governments by controlling the money and the issuance of it.”

    President James A. Madison

    “The powers or financial capitalism had (a) far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank…sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.”

    Prof. Carroll Quigley in his book Tragedy and Hope

    “This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon.”

    Robert H. Hemphill, Credit manager of Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Georgia

    In this age of “Internet & Goggle”, I’m surprised so many people still remain ignorant of the reasons so many things happen.

  2. 83ragtop50

    More anti-Trump, anti-taxpayer garbage from the elitists. How long did they NOT raise the rate while Obama was in office? Of course, that was different. RIGHT!

  3. Kevin

    The Federal Reserve needs to be dissolved. Since it’s inception in 1913, it has artificially and maliciously manipulated interest rates. Realistically, interest rates should be much higher than they currently are, oh, but that would shutdown the endless money spigot that the Deep State runs on.

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