Fed Chairman, Jay Powell says the US economy is strong.
But they have cut interest rates three times this year.
And it’s all hands to the pump below decks. The Fed expanded their balance sheet by $288 billion since September and broad money (MZM plus time deposits) growth has almost doubled to $1.4 trillion this year.
Donald Trump says that a Phase 1 trade deal has been settled with China.
But the two parties can’t seem to agree on whether China’s agricultural purchases are part of the deal (China is reluctant to commit to a $ amount).
Nor can they recall whether rolling back tariffs was part of the deal. China would like to think so but Trump is now threatening to increase tariffs if a deal isn’t signed.
Fundamentals show that activity is contracting. Industrial production is falling.
Freight shipments are contracting.
And retail sales growth is declining.
Yet Dow Jones Industrials just broke 28,000 for the first time, while Trend Index troughs above zero show long-term buying pressure.
“Explosive” is the right word.