Us Versus Them (What We Think About US GDP)

Takeaway: Our estimate for Q1 2016 GDP is 1.0% versus delusional Fed commentary and Wall Street's high forecast.

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Yellen & Co. remain steadfast believers in an "all is well" U.S. economy as a mostly blinded Wall Street eats it up. Right? Apparently, the Fed doesn't believe its own forecasts. The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow forecast for Q1 2016 has tumbled from 2.7% in Febraury to 0.6% today (click here and here for more). Talk about a messaging mess (among other Fed messes...)

Meanwhile, Fed head Janet Yellen waived away recent weakness largely blaming "transitory" lower oil prices, a stronger dollar that would "gradually dissipate" and "foreign economic growth... [that was] weaker this year than previously expected." 

Roger that.

Here's where we shake out in comparison to Wall Street's stubbornly high Q1 GDP forecast and the Atlanta Fed's scattershot estimate.

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... And watch the video with Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough below to learn what we REALLY think about the Fed and "data dependence."