The Market's Message: "The Fed Will Go Too Far [To Slow Inflation] & Break Something"

"We are in a strange time in the bond market," warns veteran market strategist Jim Bianco, as he prepared to unleash a tweet-thread-torrent of education for many market-watchers who just don't seem to get the message the market is screaming (or perhaps would rather not). Since early November's FOMC statement unveiled the much-anticipated taper (and that since then the Powell Pivot and another FOMC statement), the timing and trajectory of Fed rate-hikes has escalated seriously...

However, the founder of Bianco Research explained in his tweet that there is "lots of misreading of [the market's] message - what the market is pricing what seems to be an outlier."

Full tweet-thread below:

Daly and Waller are making news talking about a March hikeWhy? That is what is already priced in! Hikes are now priced for March, June and Dec. 3rd hike in Nov (47%) and a 4th hike in Feb 23 (40%) are close. This is a rare period that the table above is not the middle of the consensus, but instead an outlier.

The consensus continues to argue/rationalize why this hiking schedule is too aggressive.

[ZH: even if it is less hawkish than the Fed's Dot-Plot]

My view the market gets what it wants, one way or another. Another misread is the terminal funds rate. The mkt is putting it around 1.75%. The Fed is good at hiking too much until something breaks. What this table above and this chart say is the 4 rate hikes expected in the next 14 months might be enough to start breaking things.

Regarding the 10-year yield not rising, it is not an inflation signal, never has been. It is a "break something" signal, always has been. Let's go back to 2004 - 2006. The Fed hiked 17 times in 17 meetings. 10-year was unchanged over this period and the curve inverted.

The market correctly saw the Fed was going to go too far and break something. When the curve inverted, it signaled "now too far." A few months later, home prices peaked and a year later the GFC followed. It "only" took a funds rate of 5.5% to break things. 1998 - 2000 again the Fed was hiking, and 10-year rates went sideways. Greenspan was honest, goal was to "break" the stock market bubble. Mission accomplished, and a recession in Mar 01. Hikes started at 20 bps curve, only took 4 rate hikes to invert and signal "break."

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