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CME Fedwatch and Bloomberg Rate Hike Odds Still Wrong; Deflationary Bust Coming

As of September 10, the CME has the odds of a September hike by the Fed at 24%. Bloomberg says the probability of a move is 28%.

Bloomberg Rate Hike Odds

Bloomberg Rate Hike Odds

CME Fedwatch Odds

CME Fedwatch Odds

Both Models Wrong

What's wrong with both models is they still presume a quarter point hike.

Neither Bloomberg nor the CME allows for the possibility of a Fed hike to precisely 0.25% or to a smaller tighter range.

Given the effective Fed Funds Rate is 0.14% (see upper right of Bloomberg chart), resetting the rate to a flat 0.25% from the current range of 0.00-0.25% (now at 0.14%), would be both a "move" and a "hike".

Tighter Range

The Fed could also use ranges as Bloomberg and CME imply, but target ranges in 1/8 of a point increments rather than 1/4 point increments.

For example the Fed could target a range of 0.25% to 0.375%.

I suspect the odds of a move to a flat 0.25 or a range (0.25% to 0.375%), are far greater than Bloomberg's "probability of a move" set at a mere 28%.

I went over this before, on August 19, in Plotting the Fed's Baby Step 1/8 Point Hikes; Yellen vs. Greenspan "Measured Pace".

I updated my charts today.

Flattening of Rate Hike Expectations

Implied Fed Funs Rate Percent

Using Fed fund futures from CME, I calculated implied interest rates through December 2017. The line in Blue shows what futures implied on August 19. The line in red is from September 10.

Note the flattening of the curve. This has been happening pretty much all year.

The market initially penned in hikes for January. The hikes then shifted to March, then June, then September, and now December by both the Bloomberg and CME models.

Range Watch

Curve Watchers Anonymous is closely watching the implied baby steps in the Fed fund futures. Incrementally, the hikes appear as follows.

Month Fed Funds Future Rise in Implied Rate
Aug-15 99.863
Sep-15 99.835 0.028
Oct-15 99.805 0.030
Nov-15 99.765 0.040
Dec-15 99.720 0.045
Jan-16 99.685 0.035
Feb-16 99.645 0.040
Mar-16 99.610 0.035
Apr-16 99.560 0.050
May-16 99.520 0.040
Jun-16 99.480 0.040
Jul-16 99.435 0.045
Aug-16 99.385 0.050
Sep-16 99.350 0.035
Oct-16 99.295 0.055
Nov-16 99.230 0.065
Dec-16 99.170 0.060
Jan-17 99.135 0.035
Feb-17 99.055 0.080
Mar-17 99.020 0.035
Apr-17 98.970 0.050
May-17 98.915 0.055
Jun-17 98.875 0.040
Jul-17 98.830 0.045
Aug-17 98.780 0.050
Sep-17 98.740 0.040
Oct-17 98.700 0.040
Nov-17 98.650 0.050
Dec-17 98.615 0.035

Baby Steps Plotted

Fed fund futures imply a very slow tightening of 3-6 basis points a month. The only exception is January to February of 2017 where the incremental rise is 8 basis points (0.080 percentage points).

The Fed does not set policy every month. Instead it does so about eight times a year. FOMC dates are not yet set for 2017, but futures imply something like the following.

Fed Rate Hike Expectations Through 2017

Fed Rate Hike Expectations Through 2017

Yellen vs. Greenspan

  1. The above market expectations are clearly similar to Greenspan's famous statement: Hikes will be at a "pace that's likely to be measured".
  2. The Yellen expected "pace" is half as often.
  3. The Yellen expected "measure" is half as much.

Just Get On With It!

Via email, Albert Edwards at Society General writes:

The clamour for the Fed not to enact the long-awaited ¼% rate hike next week is growing by the day. Misgivings come not just from reputable mainstream commentators, but now also the World Bank has repeated the IMF's recent words of caution in advising delay. What a load of nonsense! My esteemed colleague Kit Juckes characterises the current consensus thinking as "If the Fed hikes, pestilence, plague and never-ending deflation will follow." Well even those like me who see a deflationary bust awaiting think the Fed should hike next week - because the longer you leave it, the bigger the financial market excesses become, and the bigger the risk of financial dislocation and global recession ensuing. Have we learned nothing from the 2008 Great Recession? Just get on with it!


A deflationary bust is coming and there is nothing the Fed or any central bankers can do about it.

And when the bubble busts, Paul Krugman, Larry Summers, the World Bank, and Christine Lagarde at the IMF will all be singing the "I told you so" tune.

The irony is Krugman, Summers, the World Bank and the IMF are all wrong. The seeds of the upcoming deflationary bust were planted, watered, and over-fertilized by central bankers everywhere, all in the asinine name of "price stability" and deflation fighting.

For further discussion on the sheer ridiculousness of price stability policy, see Cross-Border Deflation: US Export Prices Collapse Most Since July 2009; How Damaging is Price Deflation?


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