2 04, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – Don’t Cut Rates, Cut Spending

By |2019-04-02T14:23:45-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Financial, Interest Rates, Outlook, Spending|0 Comments

We've been "Comrades in Supply-side Arms" with Stephen Moore (now a Federal Reserve nominee) and Larry Kudlow (Administration Economist) for decades, with very few disagreements on economic policy. However, with both having called for a 50 basis point cut in short-term rates, we find ourselves in total disagreement with their conclusion. They both make supply-side [...]

26 03, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – The Wizard of Oz

By |2019-03-26T13:45:28-04:00March 26th, 2019|Financial, Governments, Media, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

It feels like we are living in the Land of Oz and the Fed is the "all-powerful" wizard in control. From just about every significant group of thought leaders – the press, politicians, economists, analysts, and government officials – the narrative of the past twelve years has been all about government and nothing about the [...]

19 03, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – Buybacks Aren’t the Problem!

By |2019-03-19T12:10:12-04:00March 19th, 2019|Debt, Financial, Governments, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

The environment on Capitol Hill has made populism a bipartisan affair, with Republican Senator Marco Rubio now joining the fray with a call to tax corporate stock buybacks. His argument? Corporations are buying back stock instead of making productive investments. He's not alone in arguing that weak investment is the reason the economy isn't growing [...]

20 02, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – How TARP and QE Led to the “Green New Deal”

By |2019-02-20T15:17:49-04:00February 20th, 2019|Financial, Governments, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

The most important quote from the Financial Panic of 2008 came from President Bush: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system." The quote came in defense of TARP, the $700 billion bailout of the banking system, which many still mistakenly believe prevented another Great Depression. Many also think Quantitative Easing, the [...]

11 02, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – Where’s the Recession?

By |2019-02-11T16:23:42-04:00February 11th, 2019|Fed Reserve, Interest Rates, Outlook, Policy, Spending|0 Comments

Whatever happened to the recession calls? Seems like just a few weeks ago that the correction in the stock market as well as the partial government shutdown had convinced many analysts and investors the US was about to enter a recession. Fortunately, the data haven't cooperated. Ten days ago we got the employment report for [...]

30 01, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – Don’t Obsess About the Fed

By |2019-01-30T16:47:10-04:00January 30th, 2019|Debt, Fed Reserve, Financial, Governments, Interest Rates, Outlook, Policy, Spending, Uncategorized|0 Comments

When it comes to monetary policy, one thing looks certain for 2019 - journalists, pundits, investors, and analysts will pay it way more attention than it deserves. The spotlight is currently on Wednesday, when the Federal Reserve will issue their first statement of the new year. The consensus expects no changes in rates, and we [...]

22 01, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – Solid Growth to Finish 2018

By |2019-01-22T12:54:09-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Bullish, Employment, Financial, GDP, Outlook|0 Comments

Normally, the end of January sees the government's first estimate of real GDP growth for the fourth quarter. But with no end in sight for the shutdown, which has already seen numerous other data releases postponed – including figures on retail sales, international trade, inventories, construction, and durable goods - it's very unlikely the GDP [...]

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