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Fed Jawboning And Market Performance

Is there a tendency for the market to act in a particular way around the Fed Chairman’s testimony to Congress?  Welcome to Jason, who answers this question in the following piece. – Ilene

Fed Jawboning And Market Performance

Courtesy of Jason Goepfert at Sentiment’s Edge 

Here’s a reprint of something we discussed on the main site earlier this year.  It’s as relevant now as it was in February…

Mr. Bernanke is now scheduled to speak before Congress in the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.

We’ve discussed this event several times over the years, but it’s worth touching on again, as we have seen some pretty consistent market action surrounding these speeches.

The day before the Fed Chair’s testimony to Congress, the S&P 500 has been up nearly 70% of the time.  But the day of the prepared remarks, it was up 44% of the time, and the day after it was up only 28% of the time (7 out of 25 occurrences).

For some reason, these meetings have an uncanny tendency to occur very near market inflection points, with the market moving substantially in the other direction from the move preceding the testimony.  The chart below highlights these meetings (the gray vertical lines) superimposed on a chart of the S&P 500.

Fed Chair = Market Timer

If the S&P 500 was negative over the month prior to the testimony, then the month following the meeting it was up 8 out of 10 times with an average return of a respectable +2.3%, though the risk/reward over the next month was about evenly distributed (-3.8% to +3.9%).

However, if the S&P was positive heading into the meeting, then the following month also showed a positive return only 13% of the time (2 out of 15 instances) and an average return of -2.8%.  The risk/reward was extremely skewed to the downside (-5.9% to +1.6%).  The last 12 occurrences, dating back to 1998, were all negative.


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At Long Last – Fed Explains Exit Strategy

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At Long Last – Fed Explains Exit Strategy

Fed's Exit PlanCourtesy of Mish

After months of hemming and hawing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has finally detailed The Fed’s Exit Strategy in an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal.

The depth and breadth of the global recession has required a highly accommodative monetary policy. Since the onset of the financial crisis nearly two years ago, the Federal Reserve has reduced the interest-rate target for overnight lending between banks (the federal-funds rate) nearly to zero. We have also greatly expanded the size of the Fed’s balance sheet through purchases of longer-term securities and through targeted lending programs aimed at restarting the flow of credit.

My colleagues and I believe that accommodative policies will likely be warranted for an extended period. At some point, however, as economic recovery takes hold, we will need to tighten monetary policy to prevent the emergence of an inflation problem down the road. The Federal Open Market Committee, which is responsible for setting U.S. monetary policy, has devoted considerable time to issues relating to an exit strategy. We are confident we have the necessary tools to withdraw policy accommodation, when that becomes appropriate, in a smooth and timely manner.

The exit strategy is closely tied to the management of the Federal Reserve balance sheet. When the Fed makes loans or acquires securities, the funds enter the banking system and ultimately appear in the reserve accounts held at the Fed by banks and other depository institutions. These reserve balances now total about $800 billion, much more than normal. And given the current economic conditions, banks have generally held their reserves as balances at the Fed.

But as the economy recovers, banks should find more opportunities to lend out their reserves. That would produce faster growth in broad money (for example, M1 or M2) and easier credit conditions, which could ultimately result in inflationary pressures—unless we adopt countervailing policy measures. When the time comes to tighten monetary policy, we must either eliminate these large reserve balances or, if they remain, neutralize any potential undesired effects on the economy.

Bernanke Explains Fed Tools

The tools Bernanke mention in the article are:

Paying interest on reserves. This was authorized by Congress in 2008. Supposedly this was going to put a floor on interest rates at 2%.

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Bernanke Suffers From Selective Memory Loss

Courtesy of Mish

Bernanke Suffers From Selective Memory Loss; Paulson Calls Bank of America "Turd in the Punchbowl"

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben BernankeFed chairman Ben Bernanke’s memory seems to be failing at an amazingly convenient time, for Bernanke. Please consider Bernanke Blasted in House.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced open hostility from lawmakers who barraged him during a Congressional hearing over his handling of the financial crisis and the central bank’s role in reshaping the banking system.

Setting aside the deferential tone usually reserved for Fed chairmen, members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform repeatedly interrupted Mr. Bernanke at Thursday’s hearing to review the Fed’s role in engineering a government aid package for Bank of America Corp. The lawmakers pored over internal Fed emails subpoenaed by the committee and projected on a screen in the hearing room.

Much of the heat focused on the Fed’s part in pushing Bank of America to complete its acquisition of Merrill Lynch in January. House members on both sides grilled Mr. Bernanke on whether he threatened to force out Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis. They accused him of inconsistencies in his statements and of keeping information from other agencies.

The biggest point of contention was over whether Mr. Bernanke threatened to oust Bank of America CEO Mr. Lewis. Bank of America approached top U.S. officials in mid-December about abandoning its deal to buy Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Bernanke defended the Fed’s actions, saying the central bank acted with the "highest integrity" in the negotiations with Bank of America. "I did not tell Bank of America’s management that the Federal Reserve would take action against the board or management," Mr. Bernanke said, adding that the decisions were "taken under highly unusual circumstances in the face of grave threats to our financial system and our economy."

Lawmakers pointed to a Dec. 20 email written by Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker. One of a series unearthed by the panel, the email recounts a conversation between Messrs. Lacker and Bernanke in which the Fed chief planned to tell Bank of America that "management is gone," if they quashed the deal and later needed more government aid, wrote Mr. Lacker.

Pressed on the issue, Mr. Bernanke said he didn’t make such a comment to Mr. Lewis and didn’t remember that part of the conversation with Mr. Lacker.

Rep. Dan Burton, (R., Ind.), a

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Speaks With CNBC's "Power Lunch" Today

By VW Staff. Originally published at ValueWalk.

WHEN: Today, Thursday, March 22, 2018

WHERE: CNBC’s “Power Lunch”

Following is the unofficial transcript of a FIRST ON CNBC interview with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” (M-F 1PM – 3PM) today, Thursday, March 22nd. Following are links to video from the interview on

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Psychographics: the behavioural analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters' minds


Psychographics: the behavioural analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters' minds

Making connections through tracking behaviour. GarryKillian/Shutterstock

Courtesy of Michael Wade, IMD Business School

The dealings that have been revealed between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have all the trappings of a Hollywood thriller: a Bond villain-style CEO, a reclusive billionaire, a naïve and conflicted whistle-blower, a hipster data scientist turned politico, an academic with seemingly questionable ethics, and of course a triumphant president and his influential family.

Much of the discussion has been on how Cambridge Analytica was able to obtain data on m...

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Zero Hedge

Funding Stress Contagion Spreads - European Banks Collapse To 11-Month Lows

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Yesterday we exposed the globally contagious spread of funding market distress into the credit risk of major US banks, and today it has accelerated, spreading to Europe's banks as their stocks crashed to the lowest in 11 months...

Deutsche Bank is leading European banking's collapse...


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Insider Scoop

5 Biggest Price Target Changes For Thursday

Courtesy of Benzinga.

  • KeyBanc raised the price target for Shopify Inc. (NYSE: SHOP) from $150 to $170. Shopify shares closed at $149.40 on Wednesday.
  • Stifel Nicolaus lowered the price target for Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) from $195 to $168. Facebook shares closed at $169.39 on Wednesday.
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Digital Currencies

Why accountants of the future will need to speak blockchain and cryptocurrency if they want your money


Why accountants of the future will need to speak blockchain and cryptocurrency if they want your money


Courtesy of Anwar Halari, The Open University

If you haven’t already heard of Bitcoin, you either haven’t been paying attention or you’re a time traveller who just touched down in 2018. Because by now, most of us will have heard of Bitcoin and some of us have even jumped on the bandwagon, investing in cryptocurrencies.

But despite its popularity, many people still don’t understand the technology that underlines it: blockchain. In...

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Chart School

Stall in Decline

Courtesy of Declan.

The good news for bulls was the lack of follow through on the selling. An argument could be made for bullish harami doji in some key indices with stops on a loss of yesterday's lows.

The Semiconductor Index held on to breakout support in what looked to be a successful defense by traders in what could still be a pullback buying opportunity. There was a MACD trigger 'sell' which was a follow-through from Friday - leaving only stochastics in the green. However, relative performance remains in bulls favor. Long opportunities...

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Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 Election: What you need to know (updated)


"If you want to fundamentally reshape society, you first have to break it." ~ Christopher Wylie

[Interview: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video]

"You’ve probably heard by now that Cambridge Analytica, which is backed by the borderline-psychotic Mercer family and was formerly chaired by Steve Bannon, had a decisive role in manipulating voters on a one-by-one basis – using their own personal data to push them toward voting ...

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How your brain is wired to just say 'yes' to opioids

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How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

A Philadelphia man, who struggles with opioid addiction, in 2017. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Courtesy of Paul R. Sanberg, University of South Florida and Samantha Portis, University of South Florida


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Mapping The Market

The tricks propagandists use to beat science

Via Jean-Luc

How propagandist beat science – they did it for the tobacco industry and now it's in favor of the energy companies:

The tricks propagandists use to beat science

The original tobacco strategy involved several lines of attack. One of these was to fund research that supported the industry and then publish only the results that fit the required narrative. “For instance, in 1954 the TIRC distributed a pamphlet entitled ‘A Scientific Perspective on the Cigarette Controversy’ to nearly 200,000 doctors, journalists, and policy-makers, in which they emphasized favorable research and questioned results supporting the contrary view,” say Weatherall and co, who call this approach biased production.

A second approach promoted independent research that happened to support ...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Brazil; Waterfall in prices starting? Impact U.S.?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below looks at the Brazil ETF (EWZ) over the last decade. The rally over the past year has it facing a critical level, from a Power of the Pattern perspective.


EWZ is facing dual resistance at (1), while in a 9-year down trend of lower highs and lower lows. The counter trend rally over the past 17-months has it testing key falling resistance. Did the counter trend reflation rally just end at dual resistance???

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