The Albatross

For whatever it's worth to you, participants in the latest installment of the New York Fed's monthly consumer survey harbored a more benign view on near-term inflation in June versus the prior two months. This isn't top-tier data. In fact, it's not even second-tier data. But it gets a mention because... well, because there's a segue into the only thing anyone wants to talk about this week: Joe Biden's age. The NY Fed survey showed a moderation in year-ahead price growth expectations to 2.8%, t

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    1. My play book for a trump administration is to expect a post election spike up into Q1 2025, then short equities, long bonds.

      I’m generally not all that bullish on 25-26. The sugar high will eventually turn into a headache. The economy and financial system is very fragile right now. The difference in my mind is a full out crash under trump vs middling GDP growth and a 20-30% correction followed by sideways action under Biden or Harris until we work our way through the economic soft patch.

      Trump is a 1 trick pony (tax cuts) and that only works once usually for about 2-3 years. If it wasn’t for COVID liquidity and transfer payments we would have stayed in a recession in 20-21. Markets/economy were fragile in late 2019 as well. All that was needed was a catalyst to tip things into recession. The initial COVID impact was the catalyst then, but it was likely to be something else if COVID didn’t happen. A trump presidency could easily be the catalyst this time.

  1. Heis, it is clear where you are on the subject of Biden, and you’ve even managed a great deal of humor in your several articles on the subject. I happen to disagree. Given we have almost four months until the election, I do think Biden could still win. I don’t think the United States wants a Trump presidency. They’d prefer a younger Biden, for sure, but, in the end, they’ll accept a worn-out Biden over the convicted felon, liar and insurrectionist. Just one person’s opinion.

    1. I could be totally wrong, of course. Maybe he’ll be fine. But if the goal is to foster confidence among suspicious voters, I’m not sure “I’m only going to listen to God, and I don’t care what anybody else, including my own friends, has to say” is the best way to go about it. Is that going to be his attitude towards decision making in a second term? “God hasn’t told me no, so I’m going to do it”?

      1. Two polls showing Biden has taken the lead in Wisconsin & Michigan and close on other swing states with the exception being Pennsylvania has to be his reasoning to continue on. I wonder if he has watch the debate? As of Friday’s interview he had not.

      2. The narrative that could come out of all this is to make Biden a sympathetic character to low information voters (one of trump’s strongest appeals) and could either syphon off some of these votes or at least defuse the energy presently imbued to Trump rendering these low info voters (especially the anti-establishment cohort) as non-voters this election.

        The reason the polls where so far off in 2016 is the prior non-voting low information voters were energized by trump for any number of manufactured reasons that made trump appear sympathetic in their eyes none of which were actually meritorious.

        None of Biden’s decline is meritorious, but the energy and trajectory for his campaign wasn’t good. The recent events will be a game changer in one way or another. The result likely won’t generally makes sense to those of us who are high information voters. But outcomes (much like science) don’t care about our feelings.

  2. Hard to imagine anyone still supportive of Biden!!!! As previously averred, a befuddled, feckless, mumbling, stumbling dotard. Most obvious, any contention he’s a great guy and American is being totally obliterated and invalidated. If he were anything like that he’d voluntarily step down. Clearly the true Biden is a power hungry standard win at all cost politician, anything but a statesman and honorable American. Please don’t interpret me a Trump supporter, can’t stand him either. Also previously averred literally two worst choices to disgrace any semblance of of honorable contest.

    1. Biden’s an honorable American and a statesman. I never said he’s not an honorable American. Your comments (this one and the one from a couple of days ago) are over the top.

        1. Guess it just goes to show that being an “infojunkie” doesn’t mean you’re actually adept at processing nor contextualizing information.

          As someone who studies the Kremlin/MAGA propaganda complex, I can easily see that your thoughts are highly “informed” by lies, disinformation and general ignorance. There are numerous false narratives running through your threads. I’d suggest taking a step back and questioning what you think you know.

          The capacity to see that trump is horrible despite being susceptible to propaganda demonstrates that you’re likely a well meaning person. Best of luck on your journey. We all get parts of it wrong from time to time.

  3. The hermit needs to shrieve Biden of his one great sin…pride. Otherwise we will be left with the other guy who is comfortable committing the rest of the seven deadlies…

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