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Jul 11 11 tweets 7 min read
The #JobsReport came in at 372,000 jobs gained, the #unemployment rate at 3.6%, which was coupled with #wage growth of 5.1% year-over-year: all solid numbers in a historic context.
Still, when taken in the context of much of the #economic data coming in, last week’s #employment report reemphasized two key tenets of the economy and consequently of #investment markets: 1) the U.S., and indeed the global economy, is tangibly slowing…
…and 2) we are probably past the #employment peak and will likely witness #LaborMarket slowing in the back half of the year.
As the #economy emerges from Covid, the number of employers looking for help has been extremely high across virtually every #industry, and in virtually record amounts across industries, but we are clearly in the process of a state of change.
Indeed, the leisure and hospitality (67,000), professional and #business services (74,000) and goods-producing (48,000) sectors have displayed a decent decline in #hiring versus their 12-month averages of 134,000, 99,000, and 72,000, respectively…
...depicting a reduced need for people, with some #HiringFreezes, and for the first time in a while, tangible #layoffs across these and other industries.
We suggested last month that we had seen the last very strong #payroll print for the foreseeable future, and while last week’s number displayed the resilience of labor #markets
…we continue to hold to the thesis of an #economy that is not only slowing, but one with many #companies increasingly uncertain as to near-to-intermediate term prospects for top line #revenues.
Further, there is also a likely tangible squeezing of their #ProfitMargins (and #earnings), which places a great emphasis on cost management and greater selectivity across hiring requirements.
Indeed, we think that we will see #JobsReports that start to disappoint, alongside of a #Fed that has indicated that #inflation-curtailment is its primary objective; with willingness to allow a “still hot” job market to substantially cool, even to the point of net job losses.
From the standpoint of #MonetaryPolicy, last week’s report is clearly strong enough to allow the #Fed to hike rates 75 bps in July and probably 50 bps in September, but the pace of #tightening should slow dramatically alongside of a tangibly slowing U.S. economy.

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More from @RickRieder

Nov 4
Earlier this week the @federalreserve raised #policy rates at an extraordinary 75 basis point increment (its fourth time doing so this year), in an attempt to moderate excessively high levels of #inflation.
Still, if the central bankers were hoping to see signs of slowing in the persistently solid #LaborMarkets, as an indicator that policies were slowing growth and in turn #inflation, they may be somewhat disheartened by today’s data.
Indeed, nonfarm #payrolls increased by 261k jobs in Oct, with private employment rising an average of 262k/month over the past three months, which does not yet imply that the slowing that policymakers believe we’ll need to see to tame #inflation has arrived.
Read 16 tweets
Nov 2
The @federalreserve’s #FOMC has now moved in 75 basis point increments four times this year to get to a sought-after #policy destination very quickly.
Yet, the destination seems to have moved further away with each subsequent elevated #inflation print, and with #employment in the country remaining very tight.
Hence, while moving the #FederalFunds rate at a very fast 75 bps increment seemed almost inconceivable several months ago, especially as the #Fed was still undertaking quantitative easing (#QE) in March, we have become used to this extraordinary increment.
Read 15 tweets
Sep 21
Today’s @federalreserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (#FOMC) meeting witnessed another historic 75 bps increase to policy rate levels (to a range of 3.0% to 3.25%) in an effort for the #CentralBank to manage its number one priority: fighting persistently high #inflation.
The #Fed, including in today’s meeting statement and in the Chair’s press conference, has been clearer than arguably any central bank in identifying its current goal and moving #InterestRates and #liquidity provision to achieve it.
Indeed, by moving the #Fed Funds rate for the third time in 75 bps increments we see clear evidence of a strong desire by the Committee to temper demand as a way to achieve its goal of #price moderation.
Read 13 tweets
Sep 2
Today’s #JobsReport revealed an #economy that is producing #jobs at a slower pace than it has over the prior several months.
That said, a historic number of jobs have been created in this recovery since the fall of 2020, so a slowing in the pace of #growth isn’t unexpected.
Even with today’s somewhat slower rate of #hiring at 315,000 jobs for the month of August, the 3-month and 6-month average of #payroll gains has been 378,000 and 381,000 jobs, respectively, which is clearly indicative of slowing today from a point of strength.
Read 12 tweets
Aug 26
In his @federalreserve #JacksonHole speech #ChairPowell stated emphatically that the #FOMC’s “overarching focus right now is to bring inflation back down to our 2 percent goal. Price stability is the responsibility of the Federal Reserve and serves as the bedrock of our economy.”
In other words, we take his statement today to mean that the #Fed won’t be easily swayed into reversing rate #hikes next year, and will stay with the elevated Funds rate for a long time.
The #Fed has clearly been (appropriately) rushing to get to a destination of #inflation-denting restrictive rate (and #liquidity) policy in order to break extremely high levels of inflation, while hopefully not thrusting the economy into a deep #recession.
Read 11 tweets
Aug 24
As we approach the @federalreserve’s monetary policy conference at #JacksonHole this week, a question we’ve been asking ourselves is whether the abundance of survey-based, and goods-oriented, #economic data may be overstating the weakness in the #economy as a whole?
Without question, many broad-based surveys, including those focused on #ConsumerConfidence and small #business optimism, are painting a very bleak picture of the #economic trajectory. Image
And at the same time, many goods/manufacturing sector data points are portending continued significant weakening of the sector. Image
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