Posted Sep 12, 2015 by Martin Armstrong
It was a mixed session for Asia yesterday after what has been a very volatile week. The talk remains as to what China’s next move would/should be and “if” the Fed will move next week. This been the most awaited Fed decision in years and has been the hot topic just about everywhere. It was a clearer picture for core European Stock Indices with all closing lower on the day with 1% declines. The U.S. did open lower but has rallied back up.
Next week’s long-awaited Federal Reserve meeting may not spur a wild market reaction, even if the central banks hike rates for the first time in almost a decade. Economists are equally split on whether the long-awaited move will come through. Futures market trades are pointing to at least one more month of the Fed delaying its 0.25 percentage point.
The key that is really important is the trend. There is no question that our model has been pointing to 2015.75 as the change in trend for interest rates. The Fed has been backed into a corner for unless interest rates rise (“normalization”), retirement funds are doomed. The Larry Summer approach is of course one that benefits banks, not the population. He envision punishing people for saving money by charging them a tax (negative interest rates) to keep hoarding cash.
Therefore, we are not looking a just a 0.25% hike in rates, we are looking at reality hitting the Fed in the face. Do they take the irresponsible approach of Larry Summers? Or perhaps they realize you cannot punish people for existing and trying to save for a rainy day. The Fed will raise interest rates for they have no choice. If not next week, they can do it at any meeting monthly and can call an emergency meeting at any time as well.