By Michael Pento – Re-Blogged From CNBC
One of the current myths promulgated by Wall Street is that the Federal Reserve will raise rates once this year, breathe a sigh of relief, and be done until the “12th of never.” But those who are familiar with our central bank’s history are aware that the Federal Open Market Committee has never tightened the federal-funds rate just once. A quarter-point hiking cycle has no historical basis and is just wishful Wall Street thinking.
In the spring of 1988, fearing a rise in core inflation, the Fed went on a tightening cycle that lasted from April 1988 to March 1989. During that time, the fed-funds rate increased more than 300 basis points (3 percentage points). This episode was followed by a recession beginning in 1990, suggesting that the corrective policy actions may have intensified a weakening economy, and that the Fed is prone to being economically tone deaf.