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The market was expecting nothing from the Fed, and it got nothing from the Fed.
That's more or less exactly what the market wanted.
That didn't stop stocks, which had been rallying nicely, from taking a morning breather ahead of Chair Jerome Powell's announcement. I guess investors wanted to hear it right from the horse's mouth, to make sure that the "nothing" they were counting on was actually official and actually nothing.
The Fed-investor love fest, which has been ongoing throughout the 10-year bull market, is obscuring an alarming truth…
The central bank is caught between a rock and a hard place… and a hard place… and a rock… and another rock – all very pointy and sharp.
That's no exaggeration, and I'll tell you what I mean in a second.
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Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.