As usual, Mick Shedlock delivers the goods with some excellent analysis in Bernanke's Bullet Misses The Mark. Here is a synopsis taken directly from the article:
List of What's ChangedPlease read the whole article as it makes a whole bunch of sense.
List of What Hasn't Changed
- Perception has changed.
- Any perception of the Fed as being concerned about inflation went out the window.
- Any perception of the Fed as being concerned about the dollar went out the window.
- Bulls are happiest they have been in months.
- The stock market is higher.
- Gold is higher.
- Oil is higher.
- The Prime Rate dropped 50 basis points.
The Fundamentals Have Not Changed
- Mortgage Rates. (Actually mortgage rates rose since last week as the chart below shows).
- Auto Loan Rates. Nearly identical to last week.
- Home Equity Loan Rates. Nearly identical to last week.
- The outlook for jobs. (If anything the outlook is weaker judging from the Fed's panic).
- Credit Card Interest Rates.
- The foreclosures outlook did not change. It is still bleak.
- Massive numbers of foreclosures are still going to happen.
- Banks are going to be stuck in huge numbers of REOs.
- Home inventories are still rising.
- The economic ship is still sinking
- The jobs market remains grim
As expected & noted, there has been movement in the markets; The USD is taking it up the ass, and Metals, Oil and other exchange rate sensitive markets are flying. The really curious movement to me was in the long bonds, both in the US and Europe. Since the rate decision, the contracts I follow closely and trade, The Euro Bund and The 10 Year T-Note have been down strongly and in fact accelerating today in big one day moves.
If you don't happen to know what this means, it means that longer term bond yields, which mortgages and other long-term are priced off, ARE RISING, as indicated in the 10 year YIELD chart on the left.
I am on record as holding the view that rates should in fact be rising and I think that once liquidity is normalized somewhat, Bernanke will be forced to raise again. But on the long end of the yield curve at least, the market is doing what the Fed doesn't have the balls to do. Those who have painted themselves into a corner in the housing market won't be getting any relief and nor should they. (Though I do feel sympathy for how the market and mass psychology have compelled them to make unwise decisions. The psychology used by vested interests is very strong.)
In conclusion, the shipwreck is still on course, a .5% cut proves it. The only area where I remain bemused is why equity traders are bullish.