By Adam Hamilton – Re-Blogged From Zeal LLC
Yesterday’s Fed decision was one of the most anticipated ever, with much potential to really change the global financial-market dynamics going forward. But thanks to the Fed’s incredible market distortions of recent years, Fed meetings spawning exceptional volatility is nothing new. Fed decisions’ impacts on gold and stocks have been vast. And this next tightening cycle should reverse their Fed-imparted directionality.
Before we get started, a big caveat is necessary. While this essay was published the morning after that Fed decision, I had no choice but to research and write this draft before yesterday’s momentous 2pm event! Producing one of these weekly essays takes a lot of time and effort, and even after writing 670 of them there was no possible way to start this process after the Fed and still make the publishing deadline.
That presented a challenging quandary, as the Fed’s decision and surrounding posture is all anyone is interested in this weekend. I’ll discuss the specifics of everything the Fed did and said in great depth, as well as the resulting market impact and outlook, in Tuesday’s Zeal Speculator weekly newsletter. But leading into that hyper-anticipated event, I wanted to do some background research on the Fed’s market impact.