Can Powell drive inflation higher? Treasury traders doubtful

Bloomberg/Liz McCormick

Cartoon by Ed Stein of dollars flowing in an hour glass and investor caught in flow saying 'keep printing'“The Treasury market has set a high bar for the Federal Reserve to jump in order to recharge inflation expectations and upend a bullish tone that has surfaced since Chair Jerome Powell laid out a new plan to allow consumer prices to run hot.”

USAGOLD note: The markets are suddenly worried about the Fed’s ability to deliver on its new inflation mandate. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin underlined that concern yesterday when he told CNBC that “now is not the time to worry about deficits and the Fed’s balance sheet” – a major message to Congress and to the Fed all in one simple declarative sentence. Spend and print officially is now the order of the day.

Repost from 9-15-2020

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