US Markets Live transcript 22 Jun 2011

Posted by Cardiff Garciaon Jun 22 19:05.

Markets Live chat transcript for the chat ending at 19:16 on 22 Jun 2011. Participants in this chat were: Cardiff Garcia John McDermott Neil Hume, FT Gavyn Davies

CG

Good afternoon/evening
CG

Make yourselves known
JM

Good evening!
NH

evening rabble
CG

John, hello
CG

and Neil. special guest today
NH

has the Scottish Tim Henman won yet?
NH

come on TIM!
JM

watching at the moment
JM

2-0 up
JM

going with serve
JM

he’ll be British after the 3rd round
NH

excellent
NH

OK
NH

where’s the special guest
NH

is he in?
NH

we have the FOMC statement
CG

yep
NH

to analyse
JM

Can I quote Neil from two minutes ago: “I’ll be staying on the right”
CG

tech issue, i’m sure
CG

would you believe it
JM

Can’t help himself
JM

After Murphy taking over this morning
GD

hi everyone
NH

I will go over to the right
CG

there he is!
NH

when the Chairman starts talking
NH

Hello Gavyn
JM

(Only joking boss)
GD

hello all
JM

Hi Gavyn
CG

John, you’ve got the new projections?
JM

Yup
GD

The new projections are very little different
CG

excellent, then a bit of reaction from Gavyn before the presser
GD

surprisingly small changes really
CG

John held up with a tech issue
GD

but of course everything is worse
CG

a few things slightly different on the statement itself
CG

for instance
JM

Change in real GDP. . . . . . 2.7 to 2.9 3.3 to 3.7 3.5 to 4.2 2.5 to 2.8
JM

compared to April
JM

April projection. . . . . . 3.1 to 3.3 3.5 to 4.2 3.5 to 4.3 2.5 to 2.8
GD

but the fed says it can’t do anything now
CG

yes, this line taken out from last statement
CG

“will employ its policy tools as necessary to support the economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with its mandate.”
JM

(the last numbers are the trend projections)
GD

it says in effect it is OUT OF AMMO
CG

and our colleague robin harding spots the “at” in this new line
CG

“Inflation has moved up recently, but the Committee anticipates that inflation will subside to levels at or below those consistent with the Committee’s dual mandate as the effects of past energy and other commodity price increases dissipate.”
CG

“subside to levels AT”
JM

(shall i stop doing the projections?)
CG

nope, sorry, keep’em coming
GD

As bernanke said last week monetary policy is “not a panacea”
JM

Unemployment rate. . . . . . 8.6 to 8.9 7.8 to 8.2 7.0 to 7.5 5.2 to 5.6
JM

April projection. . . . . . 8.4 to 8.7 7.6 to 7.9 6.8 to 7.2 5.2 to 5.6
GD

Query: will he talk about a price inflation target tonight?
JM

PCE inflation. . . . . . . . . . . 2.3 to 2.5 1.5 to 2.0 1.5 to 2.0 1.7 to 2.0
JM

April projection. . . . . . 2.1 to 2.8 1.2 to 2.0 1.4 to 2.0 1.7 to 2.0
GD

FOMC types are all talking about it in speeches
CG

lots of speculation about the inflation target recently, from Plosser et al
JM

Core PCE inflation3 . . . . . . 1.5 to 1.8 1.4 to 2.0 1.4 to 2.0
CG

surely he’ll be asked about it by the tough-minded reporters (ahem) who will be there
JM

April projection. . . . . . 1.3 to 1.6 1.3 to 1.8 1.4 to 2.0
GD

But can they swing a CPI target past congress?
JM

GD
CG

it’s a bit of an end-around, and it would be tough
GD

will they dare try?
JM

Tracy and I spoke with Plosser about this a few weeks ago
CG

pelnty of opposition, especially from Dems (B Frank inparticular)
JM

And he said that the politics was the sticking point
JM

Implied that BB was well up for it
GD

yep but actually I think the fed could go ahead anyway
CG

GD, you expecting BB to again wade into the fiscal debate of the moment?
GD

yes same message
CG

warn against using debt ceiling as leverage, etc?
CG

starting any minute n ow
GD

ie fix the problem with long term measures
GD

but dont tighten now
GD

what will he say on the dollar? interesting
CG

everyone, here’s the link for the live stream: http://www.ustream.tv/federalreserve
CG

and here. he. comes.
GD

Dudley virtually called for a lower dollar this month
CG

good question
GD

will he agree with Dudley?
CG

gonna restate policy position now
CG

we’re off
NH

I have a question when you are done
NH

on inflation
NH

form the statement
NH

but it can wait
JM

bloody feed isn’t working
CG

exceptioonally low rates for extended period
JM

on the ft wi-fi
CG

“committee to continue to reinvest” etc
NH

Good afternoon, and welcome.
In my opening remarks today I will briefly review
today’s policy decision and I’ll place the decision
in the context of our economic projections and our
policy strategic, after that I will be glad to take
questions. Throughout today’s briefing my goal will
be to reflect a consensus of the committee. Of
course my remarks and interpretations are my own
responsibility. As indicated in the policy
statement the committee decided to keep the target
range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4th
percent. We anticipate that economic conditions
including low rates of resources and subdued
allowing for inflation are likely to warrant
exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate
for a period of time.
CG

now going through the new projections
GD

New projections cancel each other out for the Taylor Rule
GD

Leaving the appropriate fed funds rate at — zero!
CG

@Rapidfire, a bit early for that question, i think
GD

hotairmail — I agree with your correction
JM

back in the game
JM

are we going to rate the questions again?
GD

Kinda edging towards an inflation target by using the inflation forecast
JM

Emoticon
JM

= soft ball
GD

as he has done before, of course
JM

Emoticon
CG

btw, while we’re waiting, everyone make sure to later check out GD’s latest post on stall speed: http://blogs.ft.com/gavyndavies/2011/06/15/the-us-economy-flirts-with-its-stall-speed/
JM

= hard ball
CG

definition: “the critical growth rate below which an economic upswing turns first into a period of much slower growth, and then shortly afterwards into a recession.”
CG

@Neil, it’s a tossup between him and that CNBC guy
GD

outlaw Taylor Rule says zero this time, and also zero at the time of last FOMC
CG

and Jamie Dimon
GD

forecast changes cancel out
CG

in costume as Ken Rogoff
NH

Hang on
NH

some graphics this time
NH

and is that a fan chart?
NH

it is
GD

Graphics not as pretty as B of England!
CG

yep: 8.6 percent by Q4? sounds aggressive
NH

and another chart
GD

Mervyn designed all this a decade ago
NH

In particular, the unemployment rate is
projected to inch down over the coming months to 8.6
to 8.9 in the fourth quarter of this year and
decline gradually over the subsequent two years to a
level of 7.0 to 7.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
NH

that’s what the latest chart says
NH

In short, we expect the unemployment rate to
continue to decline the pace of progress, which is
moving slow.
CG

both aspects of our dual mandate: keep inflation low, and don’t piss off Congress
GD

don’t see any spin in any direction from the way he has started
CG

(not what he said)
CG

question time
CG

good call Neil
JM

here we go
CG

hilsenrath
JM

fedwire!!
GD

this could be a very neutral Chairman – let’s see
CG

“does that guidance apply also for hte fed’s securities holding — will they be maintained at a high level for an extended period?”
NH

questions
JM

Emoticon
NH

and fedwire is first
CG

BB: “we havne’t made any commitment”
JM

decent question
GD

oh — no commitment on reversing QE
CG

about the timeframe
NH

Hilsenrath
CG

ducked it
NH

amazing
GD

daft answer in my view – could worry people
CG

“why give guidance on one policy tool but not hte other?” — good folloowup
JM

follow-up
CG

another duck
JM

Emoticon
CG

“good question” … which i will not answer
GD

that suggests that some people are not willing to keep QE for 2 more meetings
CG

explain what’s persisting in terms of holding the recovery back, and what’s permanently holding down expected growth — greg ip, was it?
JM

Emoticon
NH

John is giving a mark out of ten to each question
GD

no consensus to keep QE in place for an extended period!
GD

sounds nervous again, doesn’t he??
JM

knackered rather than nervous
GD

2/10 for the one on exit timing!
CG

“some of the headwinds that have been concerning us like weakness in financial sector, housing sector, deleveraging..” headwinds might be stronger. and another 2 point deduction for use of “headwinds”
NH

We don’t have a precise read on why this
slower pace of growth is persisting. One way to
think about it is that maybe some of the headwinds
that have been concerning us like, you know,
weakness in the financial sector, promise in the
housing sector, devaluing issues, some of these may
be strong are or more persistent than we thought and
ink it’s an appropriate balance to attribute to the
slow down, partly to the identifiable temporary
factors and to acknowledge the possibility that some
of the slow down is due to factors which are longer
lived and will be operative still next year.
CG

question about extent to whcih greece/europe discussed
GD

why does he look so uncertain?
JM

Emoticon
CG

bernanke always strikes me as nervous
JM

for Greece
NH

question on GREECE
JM

have to ask
NH

Mr. Chairman could you describe the
situation in Greece and in Europe was discussed at
the meeting and what policy conclusions were reached
and also whether or not in response to the recent
slow down there was a discussion
JM

but he’ll be well prepared for that one
NH

We
had a G-7 call over the weekend, for example. I
think the Europeans appreciate the incredible
importance of resolving the Greek situation. If
there were a failure to resolve that situation it
would pose threats to the European financial system,
the global financial system and to European
political unitity, I would conjecture as well so,
yes, we did did you say it, it’s one of several
potential financial risks we’re facing now.
NH

he was
NH

a g-7 call over the weekend
JM

this is taking a long time to say nothing
NH

was that known?
GD

not by me
JM

who is the “we”?
CG

inflation low and falling last year, deflation a nontrivial risk then
JM

G7 finance ministers — makes sense
JM

G7 central bankers — more interesting
GD

he doesn’t “have a precise read” on very much at all today
CG

no he doesn’t
GD

stressing the difference between now and last autumn
CG

closer to “dual mandate objectives” now than last year
GD

NOT making the case for QE3 at all
JM

dow jones
CG

says labor markets better now, except, you kjnow, since April
JM

we’ve already had a WSJ question!
GD

the markets have been too willing to believe that QE3 may happen – it ain’t
CG

question on fiscal cuts, says they depend on the timing
JM

FT should get 2 people
JM

Emoticon
NH

so it’s all very different to last year then
CG

JM, i know just the two
NH

As of last August we were
essentially missing significantly on both sides of
our mandate, inflation was too low and falling and
unemployment looked like it may be beginning to rise
Fwen. In that case the case for monetary action was
clear in my mind.
JM

Emoticon
CG

next time
JM

soft ball, predictable
GD

NH — his stuff on differences to last year is very important
NH

In what way
CG

cuts later, not now. this job is hard enough as it is
GD

fiscal stuff identical to last week’s comments
NH

no QE3?
GD

No QE3, not remotely likely for now
GD

AND no commitment to keep QE2 intact either for extended period
CG

says sharp cuts won’t lead to more jobs
GD

Isn’t that a bit more hawkish than we expected?
CG

GD, yep, Fed on hold for forseeable future
JM

Emoticon
NH

GD it is
JM

WHY ARE WE WASTING QUESTIONS ON FISCAL POLICY?
NH

much more hawkish
GD

Not sure what they do if financial assets implode
JM

He’s not going to say anything interesting on fiscal policy.
CG

“most efficient and effective way to address fiscal problems is to take a longer-run perspective… make a credible plan for reducing future deficits”. thanks
CG

WaPo
GD

No sign of the UK Plan A — ie we ease if fiscal policy is tightened
JM

@outlaw — yes, but do we need a press conf to tell us?
JM

NY Post
JM

Inflation targetting question
JM

There you go Gavyn
JM

Do you need Congressional approval for an inflation target?
JM

Emoticon
CG

inflation targeting worth considering, but did i hear him say it’s not consistent with the employment objective?
CG

or did i miss something?
NH

As you know I’ve Ben a long
time proponent of inflation target, I think it would
anchor inflation expectations and make it easier to
reach our objectives, at the same time it’s not at
all inconsistent with our employment objectives
because it actually gives the Fed more Leeway to
respond to short-term shocks to respond to the
economy. It’s something worth considering
GD

not inconsistent
JM

no, that’s right
CG

ah, better
NH

I would just say that there
are multiple models around the world so, for
example, in the European central bank, that bank has
a mandate for priceability, period, and they set
their own definition of that, using input from
economists and others.
CG

would have been strange given his history
GD

Fed could set target without Congress approval
GD

But it needs to be communicated first
CG

“having a target would mean we’re not abandoning the other leg of a dual mandate”
JM

*not (not no)
NH

So I don’t think there is a
barrier to setting a target, however, it is very
important that, first, that we communicate to the
public what we’re doing, without sufficient
explanation and background many might think we were
somehow abandoning our employment target so we need
to make sure it’s well understood both by the public
and by Congress that having a target would not mean
that we were abandoning another leg of the dual
mandate.
GD

It’s coming after consultation with congress
CG

“we might have the legal authority but” woudl need “buy-in”
CG

from administration and congress
JM

that’s interesting
GD

may take a while — not imminent
NH

You asked about consulting with Congress,
under any circumstances it would be important to
take the pulse of Congress. We might have the legal
authority to do this but we do need buy-in from the
administration and Congress to take that step. We
continue to discuss this issue, it’s been part of
our on going communications discussion which
included this press conference as one inner Vags,
for example, and there is nothing imminent but we
will continue to discuss this as appropriate. We
will be consulting about it.
JM

NYT
CG

@fernando, inflation targeting hard enough politically, price-level targeting not gonna happen ANYTIME soon
JM

Emoticon
NH

so they are going to consult about it
CG

..as would require going above-target after disinflationary period
NH

inflation target that is
7:36PM
JM

as appropriate, Neil, as apporpriate
GD

they have the legal authority to go for an inflation target, but won’t force it on congress
JM

Question about Greece bt
CG

now talking about stress tests
JM

Have you done your homework?
CG

effects on capital if greece defaulted — “very small”
JM

Esp wrt Greece derivatives
JM

Good question
CG

(on US banks)
JM

Binyan has been reading Alphaville
NH

here’s the line
NH

We have asked the banks to
do essentially stress tests looking at all their
positions and hedges, what would the affect on their
capital be if Greece defaulted. The answer is that
the affects are very small.
JM

MMFs don’t have much exposure to periphery
GD

hotairmail, they already do print without congressional approval!
JM

But do to the core
NH

t’s also the case that — while we don’t
oversee the money market mutual funds we have Ben
keeping a close eye on that situation. There again,
the situation is similar in some sense in that with
very few exceptions the money market mutual funds
don’t have much direct exposure to the three
peripheral countries what are currently dealing with
debt problems. They do have substantial exposure to
European banks and the so-called core countries,
Germany, France, et cetera
JM

Which if contagion… would be a concern
JM

But are monitoring exposures
GD

Greece — it’s not our problem, folks (thank the lord)
NH

and there is a reason why the Federal
Reserve and other regulators are continuing to look
at ways to strengthen those funds. In terms of the
impact problem in Greece on the United States, as
I’ve indicated direct exposures are pretty small and
we’re doing all we can to monitor those exposures.
However, as we saw in a small situation, a small
case last spring, a disorderly default in one of
those countries would no doubt impact global
financial markets, credit spreads, stock prices and
so on, so in that respect the affects in the United
States would be quite significant.
JM

a default would roil financial markets
CG

well, our problem, just not our fault
JM

quite significant
JM

effects in the US
JM

American Banker
CG

question about G-SiFi
CG

where do you cross the line and hurt flow of credit if cap surcharges go too high
JM

Emoticon
JM

The Jamie Dimon question
CG

yep
NH

BEN BERNANKE: I will be attending that
meeting and I will hear others’ views and contribute
to that discussion. It’s only went two years since
we had the worst financial crisis certainly since
the great depression and possibly in the history of
the United States and the possible near failure of
large financial institutions was a major contributor
to that crisis. Since we can’t know exactly what
threats will come in the future, probably the best
all-purpose way of strengthening the balance sheets
of banks and other financial institutions is by
capital.
GD

he is not equidistant between more and less QE, or at least the FOMC isn’t
GD

he is closer to removing QE 2 than to doing QE3
JM

Question should have been: do you agree that a 3% buffer is sufficient, or should it — as Tarullo implied — be nearer 14%?
JM

(14% total)
NH

Since we can’t know exactly what
threats will come in the future, probably the best
all-purpose way of strengthening the balance sheets
of banks and other financial institutions is by
capital.
I’m supportive of increased capital and better
quality capital to ensure that these banks will be
stable and able to lend in the event of another
crisis which I hope we don’t of course ever see. In
terms of the is yourcharge — surcharge, I think
it’s important to have capital for the largest and
most systemically important institutions, and we
need to take extra steps to make sure they will be
unlikely to fail.
JM

The FT office has more screens turned to the tennis than to this presser
CG

argues that cap charges should be progressive
CG

higher institutions have funding advantage
GD

get a grip in the FT — tennis isn’t golf!
GD

interesting take from hotairmail — Fed must think the slowdown is temporary
JM

Question: if this was a job interview for Fed Chairman would BB get the job?
GD

only if the other candidate was Rory Mcilroy
CG

FT’s robin harding
JM

Ft in da house
JM

There’s them glasses
JM

+ HUGE tie
NH

Tie disaster
CG

question about rise in core inflation
NH

someone have a word
JM

Emoticon
JM

obviously
NH

tie
NH

Emoticon
GD

Oh boy — lower output gap is possible, but not their best guess
JM

Emoticon
CG

Nairu still around 5% and change, so not signficant rise in structural unemployment
NH

FT question
NH

Mr. Chairman, you now expect that both head
line and core inflation would be close to your
long-run objective in 2012 and ’13 while
unemployment remains high. Does that mean that you
think the trade-off between inflation and growth has
got worse and furthermore, can I ask has the
unexpected rise in core inflation changed your
understanding of the output gap? Thank you
GD

Fitz — I am Rory’s biggest fan, of course
JM

Robin — go for a follow-up
JM

Fedwire got one
CG

sounds like he’s saying there’s been passthrough from energy into core, and that will soon moderate too with fall in commods
GD

everything is temporary today, according to BB
JM

i’m having trouble paying attention
JM

robin is doing a good job at looking fascinated
JM

FOX BUSINESS
CG

good question.. if it were February 2010
JM

Something about Glen Beck
JM

Only joking
NH

Mr. Chairman, what is the extended period
right now for exceptionally low Fed funds rates,
given recent developments in the U.S. and global
economic picture? Is it a year or two? Under what
conditions would the extended period, extended
longer?
GD

Extended period — 2/3 meetings for rates, nothing for QE
CG

we use “extended period” not to be intentionally opaque — that’s what we use “transitory” for
JM

Emoticon
JM

If only because it was asked last time
GD

Extended period language more dovish than last time — much more dovish
NH

the reason is that we don’t know exactly how long.
I think the thrust of extended period is that we
believe we’re at least two or three meetings away
from taking any further action, and I emphasize “at
least.”
NH

2 or 3 meetings away at least!
GD

So he is more dovish on rates, less dovish on ending QE
JM

+ most Fed watchers know the answer to that one
NH

yep
GD

It seems they might reverse QE without raising rates
JM

Follow-up: will Europe = contagion = further extended period?
JM

Answer: see above
NH

more on this
NH

If the economy worsen and
inflation remains low then we wouldn’t begin an
exist and we wouldn’t change the language. The
expected length would be keeping rates longer and we
could, I suppose, but we have chosen not to give a
time frame because, again, it’s our intention to
monitor the economy, revise our outlook, we’ve
revised it significantly since April and make a
judgment based on the incoming data. So we don’t
want to necessarily commit ourselves to a fixed time
frame.
JM

Bloomberg news
JM

“cool fan charts”
JM

Joker! lol
GD

To all my American friends — we have better fan charts than you
NH

meh
CG

fighting words, GD
NH

Bloomberg meh
CG

(says the one American here)
JM

Emoticon
NH

Mr. Chairman, cool fan charts.
JM

One of them questions that seemed like a hard ball in the office that morning
JM

But too silly to be answered properly
JM

@praxis22 — exactly
GD

correct praxis22
CG

asks about Bernanke’s own forecasts before each FOMC meeting begins. Greenspan apparently never did this
JM

You bring your own forecasts to FOMC — where were they in relation to others’?
CG

and question about marginal tax rates — he’ll never answer that
JM

Emoticon
JM

to the first one
CG

here coems the dodge
JM

i want someone to ask the Richard Koo question
GD

again emphasises slowdown is temporary but not fully explained
CG

“reluctant to get into specifics of tax and spending policy”
JM

Do you still want to recap small banks?
GD

someone please ask about the dollar, just in case he wants to say anything
CG

BBC
JM

Emoticon
CG

asks if there’s been a rise in structure unemployment. limited projected rise in nairu suggests no
CG

“if our forecast is correct”… don’t know why people didn’t burst out laughing
GD

last year he said they were missing BOTH parts of the mandate
NH

Milky – YELLOW card
JM

I love structural vs cyclical employment discussions
GD

this time he thinks they are missing the employment mandate but not the inflation mandate
GD

therefore he cant do QE3
CG

“if growth picks up as we anticipate, jobs numbers will start getting better”. says it’s frustrating because might be larger consequence to long-term unemployed
GD

and indeed he might reverse QE2
NH

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GD

but he won’t raise rates for ages and ages
JM

Reuters
JM

praising hilsenrath
CG

GD, implied probability right now from futures predicting no rate raises until November 2012
JM

If you were to do more, what more would you do?
JM

More bonds, more comms, etc?
JM

Emoticon
CG

blah blah blah
JM

For repetition and for praising your rival in asking the question
JM

This is war, folks
NH

On top of that we have
uncertainty now about how much of this slow-down is
temporary, how much is permanent, so that would also
suggest that we need a little bit of time to see
what’s going to happen and that would be useful in
making policy decisions.
CG

goes through various options: cutting interest on reserves, etc… “all of these thigns are somewhat untested, have their own costs, but we’d be prepared to take additional actions if conditions warranted it”
NH

We will continue to look at the outlook and act
as appropriately as the news comes in and the
projections change. We do have a number of ways of
acting, none of them without risk or costs. We
could, for example, do more securities purchases and
structure them in different ways, we could cut the
interest on excess reserve Thaz we pay to banks and
as was suggested by an earlier question, several
earlier questions, actually John’s question about
giving guidance on the balance sheet or by perhaps
even giving a fixed date to define extended period,
those are ways that we could he’s further if needed
but, of course, all of these things are somewhat
untested, they have their own costs, but we are
prepared to take additional action, obviously, if
conditions warranted that.
NH

John this
NH

John that
GD

outlaw – no they could raise rates without offloading the bonds first — like the ECB
NH

it’s a Fedwire love in
CG

asking about Bernanke’s advice to Japan in 98
JM

Japanese newspaper, didn’t catch which one
GD

they are not worried about bond losses on the balance sheet
JM

GREAT question
JM

Emoticon
CG

asks if there is a historical lesson we should draw from japan, given his research paper about lost decade (from 98)
GD

S+P is slipping because he hasn’t promised to keep QE2 for more than 2/3 meetings — significant omission
CG

says central bank can always do something about deflation, channels milton friedman (always and everywhere monetary, etc…). now saying that’s what he did
CG

last year
JM

This is what Richard Koo was getting at
GD

No deflation risk now, unlike last year
CG

yeah, the one thing most people are confident QE2 succeeded at: ending threat of deflation
GD

QE aimed at deflation risk; no risk of that now
GD

he sees little chance of QE3, that’s clear
JM

This is a good guide for questioners
JM

Start with something that BB said as an academic
NH

Indeed GD
JM

And then pivot to his current job
NH

equity market won’t like that
JM

Because he wants to defend his record
JM

As an academic
GD

equity markets started to realise last week that he isn’t a proponent of QE3
GD

but that hasn’t fully sunk in yet
NH

but it will
NH

meanwhile in the UK
JM

What was that question?
NH

we have started talking about Qe2
JM

Let’s move on
JM

AP question
JM

On housing
CG

AP says underlying fundamentals in housing still weak. what can be done to stimulate growth?
JM

Emoticon
GD

No hope of a housing revival — see Yellen speech recently — Fed can do very little
GD

@ Red Knight because he won’t act if equities fall; the Bernanke put is in doubt
JM

BB says he’s kept well informed about Hamp
JM

More efforts to modify loans
JM

Speed up foreclosure process
CG

and that’s that
JM

Anyone fancy a pint?
CG

GD, parting thoughts?
NH

is that it?
CG

yep, that’s all NH
GD

My summary: we are nowhere near QE3; nor will we raise rates; very uncertain about why economy has slowed
NH

no applause
NH

good summary GD
CG

Fed on hold for a while
CG

thanks for joining us GD
NH

well two to three meetings
NH

at least
JM

Meanwhile, BoE hinting at QE2
GD

CG yes on hold but if it changes it would be a smidgeon of tightening via the balance sheet, not rates
JM

And the ECB is in its own world
GD

good point JM — sell sterling?
NH

yep
GD

another good point JM — buy euros?
JM

I hope not, if only because Lex has been saying so for the last year
NH

EmoticonEmoticon
JM

Stopped clocks and all
GD

3 central banks with very different views of QE
NH

actually GD
NH

while you are here
NH

what did u make
GD

B o E in favour; ECB very opposed; Fed neutral
NH

of the mpc minutes
GD

MPC minutes very dovish
NH

but is QE
GD

and a big shift now Broadbent is on the cttee
NH

really a possibility
GD

NH — yes I think so but not immediately
NH

interesting
JM

very interesting
NH

We quoted an ex Boe economist on the site today
NH

he mentioned some of the triggers for UK QE2
JM

That’s the answer: buy Gilts!!
GD

short rates to stay low in UK/US, not in the EMU zone
NH

Richard Barwell
JM

More seriously, what you have is three central banks
NH

We suspect that a negative Q3 GDP print, corroborated by dire survey data, is a necessary condition for the Committee to be convinced that more QE is required in November. A possible sufficient condition is a persistent global shock to which the UK economy is heavily exposed – most likely a financial crisis, perhaps triggered by a disorderly resolution of the European periphery crisis – which would both depress commodity prices and UK DGI.
JM

None of them wanting to go any further on monetary policy
JM

But feel that they have to
JM

Because the politicians in their regions
GD

mutant dog — may be worth a try
JM

Are either unwilling (UK) or unable (US + EU) to do fiscal policy
JM

In my humble opinion
NH

your our policy expert
NH

so we will fo with that
NH

shall we bring things to a close
NH

I am hungry and need food
JM

yup
CG

@mutantdog, political paralysis, if anything policy here likely to become more less expansionary, not more
CG

gents, it’s been fun
JM

when is the next one?
GD

Good night everyone – it;s been a great discussion
NH

yes
CG

i bid you adieu from new york
NH

thanks all
CG

bye!
NH

closing down
NH

cya tomorrow
NH

bye
NH

shall I close this?
JM

Yes!
NH

closing

This entry was posted by Cardiff Garcia on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 19:05 and is filed under Uncategorized.

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