With respect to quantitative easing, the FOMC decided to sit on their
hands and let the purchase plan of $1.25 trillion MBS, agency debt of
$200b and longer term treasuries of $300b stand as is and will continue
the programs over the next few months. As a result, bond yields have
busted out to the upside and the 10 yr yield is at the highest level
since late Nov. The Battle Royale b/w Big Ben and the Mr. Market has
been taken to a new level. The text on the economy acknowledged the
slowing pace of deterioration as household spending has shown signs of
stabilizing and the outlook has somewhat improved from the March
timeframe but “economic activity is likely to remain weak for a time.”
The talk on inflation was about identical to the March statement in that
they expect inflation to persist for a time “below rates that best
foster economic growth and price stability in the longer term” in
contrast to recent market messages.

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2 Responses to “FOMC/Battle Royale”

  1. Bruce in Tn says:

    The Martin Smith (FT) article at Naked Capitalism is worth a read, and unlines what the FED still has to do as well as central banks worldwide…

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2009/04/martin-wolf-those-who-hope-for-swift.html

    This again, is a “there is more hope than fact-based numbers” type of article, but at least worth perusing..

  2. FromLori says:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE53S3NK20090429

    – The U.S. economy shrank by a surprisingly steep 6.1 percent in the first quarter, hit by a record plunge in business inventories and sinking exports, but investors read signs of recovery in the report.

    The economy remained on track to emerge from recession in the second half of the year, analysts said, pointing to the run down in inventories that helped boost U.S. stock prices.

    The recession is in its 16th month and next month is on track to become the longest since the Great Depression.