HEAD SCRATCHER | San Fran Fed Head John Williams Walks Back Hawkish Rate Hike Talk In Just 25 Days

Takeaway: The preponderance of economic data is rolling over. The Fed missed it. Again.

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Dear John,

What happened?!?

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From MarketWatch (1/4/2016):

"...I think we have really really strong fundamentals, in terms of consumer spending, in terms of our economic trajectory ... [For 2016] I think something in that three to five rate hike range makes sense at least at this time," Williams said in an interview on CNBC.

fast forward to this past Friday...

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From Reuters (1/29/2016):

"Standard monetary policy strategy says a little less inflation, maybe a little less growth ... argue for just a smidgen slower process of normalizing rates," Williams said.

 

"We got a little stronger dollar, some mixed data on the economy, some weakness in (fourth-quarter U.S. GDP growth), all of those coming together kind of tell me that we probably need a little bit more monetary accommodation this year than I was thinking in the middle of December."

(sigh)

Here's a recent video of Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough evaluating the Fed's economic models.