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"Too Many Promises That Can't be Kept" - The Fed Can't Raise Rates: Paul Volcker

One can’t really blame the government for continuing its debt-funded spending spree – despite protests to the contrary – after all rates are so low, it would be irrational not to take advantage and add on more debt. However, it is here that the punchline from the Volcker op-ed kicks in, and explains why the Fed is stuck and will find it next to impossible to hike rates.

The Fed’s Missed Window To Hike Rates & Failed Realizations

What is clear is the Federal Reserve should have chosen to increase rates long ago where such tightening of monetary policy would have been somewhat offset by the continued floods of interventions. The window to lift interest rates appears to have closed which could potentially be a policy nightmare. Eventually something has to give & it will likely not be the outcome the Fed hopes for.

Higher Than Expected Jobs, Give Yellen Green Light To Hike Rates

While the strong jobs number is strong enough to give Yellen a green light for a September rate hike (or even June), what is most notable is the jump in average hourly earnings, which rose by 0.3%, above the 0.2% expected, & well above the 0.1% in April, suggesting the slack in the labor force is indeed evaporating.

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