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Play By Play On the New Rules of the Game

The game has changed and there’s not even a pitch clock. But there is a bond market loss clock. Right now, it’s on a timeout. The Fed has given it a lifeline and the Treasury will stepping up with its usual seasonal help in April.   Non-subscribers, click here for access.

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Money is the Fed’s game, but not even the Fed knows what’s coming next. It used to be that it kind of knew, and so did we. Rule Number One, “Don’t fight the Fed,” was easy to follow because the Fed told us in advance exactly what it would do, week in and week out, month in and month out. For 12 years, following QE to ever higher asset prices was a no-brainer. Non-subscribers, click here for access.

No more. The Fed is flummoxed, a victim of its own blind hubris. So now it’s making up willy-nilly firefighting tactics on the fly. Under the circumstances, how do we predict what’s coming? How do we trade that which isn’t known. Do we just guess? Non-subscribers, click here for access.

Now, because it’s always about following the money. While we know less now about how that will look in the months ahead, it’s ditto for everybody else. The market will not be able to anticipate policy correctly. Non-subscribers, click here for access.

Not that it ever did. I’ve observed through the last two decades especially, that the market follows the money. It doesn’t lead it. The market responds most forcefully and persistently to actual changes in the level of liquidity, not to speculation about what the Fed will do and when will it do it. Money talks and Wall Street BS walks. Non-subscribers, click here for access.

So, in theory, if we follow the money in a timely way, we should still be able to stay on top of the game, to react correctly in time, if not in advance of what’s coming.  Non-subscribers, click here for access.

As a result, I’ve been thinking about and experimenting with better ways to get critical information out to you. I want it to be faster, shorter, and more on point. In the bad old days of QE, things were different because the Fed telegraphed what was coming for weeks and months in advance. Now, they don’t know, so neither do we. So, like the Fed, we need to be reactive, because the unknowns coming at us are greater than the knowns. Non-subscribers, click here for access.

The trick will be to react quickly and correctly when we see actual changes in liquidity flows. One of the most important ways to do that, will be, as it was before, tracking the Fed’s weekly balance sheet statement.  Non-subscribers, click here for access.

Looking at the data we have now, we know that for the next 6 weeks, the markets should xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx xx xxxxx, and that’s bxxxxish. But sell in xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxx. Non-subscribers, click here for access.

Here’s why, and what that means for investors. Non-subscribers, click here for access.

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