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What The Heck Did Janet Yellen Just Say?

The Federal Reserve members seem intent and content to make fools of themselves with continuous threats to raise interest rates. Some of them seem to discharge the “rate hike next meeting” utterance regularly as if they have Turret’s Syndrome. And yet, when the rubber meets the road, there’s no change in monetary policy.

And then there’s Janet Yellen.  She becomes more pathetic with every public appearance. Today one of the CNBC goons asked her if the Fed has a credibility problem.  If you can make sense of her answer please explain it to me.  I really hope she was starting to trip on LSD someone might have slipped into her coffee because her response is nothing more than unintelligible utterances (as quoted from Zerohedge.com):

Well, let me start — let me start with the question of the Fed’s credibility. And you used the word “promises” in connection with that. And as I tried to emphasize in my opening statement, the paths that the participants project for the federal funds rate and how it will evolve are not a pre-set plan or commitment or promise of the committee. Indeed, they are not even — the median should not be interpreted as a committee-endorsed forecast. And there’s a lot of uncertainty around each participant’s projection. And they will evolve. Those assessments of appropriate policy are completely contingent on each participant’s forecasts of the economy and how economic events will unfold. And they are, of course, uncertain. And you should fully expect that forecasts for the appropriate path of policy on the part of all participants will evolve over time as shocks, positive or negative, hit the economy that alter those forecasts. So, you have seen a shift this time in most participants’ assessments of the appropriate path for policy. And as I tried to indicate, I think that largely reflects a somewhat slower projected path for global growth — for growth in the global economy outside the United States, and for some tightening in credit conditions in the form of an increase in spreads. And those changes in financial conditions and in the path of the global economy have induced changes in the assessment of individual participants in what path is appropriate to achieve our objectives. So that’s what you see – that’s what see now.

Say what?  That’s not what I see.  What I see is pathetic pscycho-babble from a human with dementia settling in…

For an interesting take on the FOMC policy announcement today, Eric Dubin at The News Doctors posted a  discussion between Peter Schiff (Euro Pacific Capital) and Andy Brenner (Guggenheim Partners) that’s worth watching if you don’t care to watch the NCAA hoops tournament play-in games:  Peter Schiff/Andy Brenner On Today’s FOMC Meeting.

Yellen Folds Her Cards – Admits It Was A Bluff

“In the summer of 2011 is when things went insane.”  – Remember this quote

In the process, Yellen is making herself out to be a complete fool or a liar:

“I do not want to overplay the implications of these recent developments, which have not fundamentally altered our outlook,” she said. “The economy has been performing well, and we expect it to continue to do so.”  Bloomberg News

The economy has been “performing well?”  Seriously?   Let’s have a look.  Here’s year over year percentage change in retail sales:

Graph1 As you can see, there’s been a steady decline in the year over year growth in real retail sales since August 2010. Is this 70% of the economy the part to which Yellen is referencing as “performing well?”

But here’s the kicker:

graph2 THIS graph shows the actual dollar change in retail sales LESS auto sales since August 2010. We know that auto sales have been pumped up by the largest expansion in automobile subprime (junk) debt issuance in history. If you strip away that artificially pumped up area of the economy – pumped up by Yellen and Bernanke – look at the stunning decline in retail sales.

Retail sales represents 70% of the economy.  How can the economy possibly be doing well when the only segment of retail sales showing signs of life is the automobile segment, which has been pumped up by what will be the eventual catastrophic availability of junk loans.   Contacts of mine in the local auto business are in outright shock at the number of 2013-2014 cars hitting the repo market.  I have seen with my own eyes leased land lots along busy commercial boulevards which are overflowing with repo’d vehicles.

Perhaps Yellen was referencing the “low” unemployment rate.  The magical 5.1% rate of unemployment that is conjured up with Government fabrication.  Ya that number may be the unemployment rate if you use the Census Bureau guesstimate of employment based on flimsy population samples and if you ignore the fact that nearly 100 million people in the working age population are not part of or have left the labor force – or if you just make up the numbers (birth-death model):

graph3 We’ve all seen this graph several times but it’s worth seeing again in the context of Janet Yellen making the statement that “the economy is performing well.”

In the famous phrase from Macbeth, the employment situation in the United States is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Now here’s another kicker.  Many of you have already seen the outstanding Fed video written and produced by my good friend and colleague, John Titus:   Best Evidence –  Fed Audit Shocker:  They Come From Planet Klepto.    I get previews of his work along the way and he shares a lot of information with me about everything he discovers reading the Fed transcripts, which are released 5 years ex post facto.

The particular transcript John was pouring over for the above video was from the Fed meeting right before QE was introduced.  The information is there for anyone to look at but John actually does the work.

Recall from yesterday that Janet Yellen referenced the unemployment rate as evidence that QE had worked.  I received a text from John last night that said:  “Janet Yellen is such a fucking liar.”   To which I replied: “based on what, this time?”  To which he cited:  “Did you see that shit about the Fed not boosting inequality?  She says QE put people back to work.  Based on what?  Because in the June 2009 Fed transcript she said the unemployment rate b.s.”  As you can see, John is extremely pissed off at Yellen’s blatant dishonesty.

So there you have it.  Yellen is on record stating to her Fed cohorts that the unemployment rates is nonsense.  This was when she was Bernanke’s co-pilot of the FOMC.  From this we can conclude that Yellen is a serial liar.  But we can also conclude that she is an idiot because she has a left a definitive trail of evidence proving that she’s a liar.

This brings me to the “in the summer of 2011 is when things went insane” comment. The very same John Titus attended a conference yesterday put on by Eric Hunsader, of HFT’s Nanex fame.  Titus asked Hunsader when he first noticed that there was no longer Rule of Law in the markets.   Hunsader replied that “I guess it’s always been there but it got worse” [he pondered searching for a reflective answer and compared it the frog in boiling water adage].

But then John said one of Hunsader’s underlings spoke out – the first and only time during the show – and said “the summer of 2011 is when things went insane.”

I would like to tie this back to the two graphs above which show that retail sales began a definitive decline in growth rate in early 2011 AND an outright decline ex-autos in “the summer of 2011.”

By that time the U.S. system had been bombarded with QE for two years and interest rates had been at zero for a bit longer than two years.  Additionally, the Fed and the Government began an undeniably aggressive attempt to reflate all asset markets and pump up housing and auto sales.

graph4 A lot of bad occurrences developed in the summer of 2011. As you can see from this graph to the left, the stock market went on the longest uninterrupted rise in its history without any real correction. 2011 is when it became obvious to most observers willing to admit it that the Fed was controlling the asset markets with QE.  AND, I might add, figured out how to take advantage of HFT trading and the shadow banking system to help serve its objectives.

If we learned one thing yesterday, it’s that the Fed can not and will not raise interest rates. It’s backed into a corner from which it will be impossible to emerge without a full-scale systemic reset or crash. The problem is that, when this cesspool of lies, fraud and corruption starts to really implode, we will all wish we were watching the show from another planet.

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It’s also why have stated in the past, and have increasing confidence in my conviction, that this is leading to world war three and, ultimately, “The Road.” Interestingly, I’ve received emails from some well-known personas in finance that have expressed a similar belief…