It has indeed turned out to be an interesting week, with the Fed meeting causing fireworks as should be expected. Clearly, this was a coordinated effort, as posted in the MCM lounge earlier this week. The Fed has sought to cushion "changing of its wording or its intentions" with coordinated actions and hyperbole from other central banks. This is the type of behavior exhibited last year when, in seeking to prevent the per Bernake taper tantrum reaction that had occurred previously, they coordinated with the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England and the ECB to indicate or to actually trigger liquidity programs or accommodation. That sought to offset the impact of the Federal Reserve producing accommodation or leverage. This year has been exactly the same.
Clearly, the impacts of a Fed rate hike can set off a firestorm. There are tremendous risks to the creation of as much leverage as been irresponsibly created and to changing the cycle with reference to this leverage.
The primary risk being that the Fed is actually not in control of interest rates, after all and that a shift can take interest rates into their own direction, regardless of Fed desires. In order to make the Fed policy morph into an illusion of rational deduction and analysis based on data, and to facilitate the appearance of markets interpreting a change in policy as an indication of a sound economic environment, it is clear that the central banks were up to old tricks using unlimited liquidity to purchase risk assets on full bore yesterday. This appears to be yet another tactic "doomed to failure" of these irrational, inappropriate and highly risky policies. Indeed, the actions by the central banks appear to have sought to shake bearish resolve and encourage bullish speculation - and these conditions can obviously be seen in the risk markets presently.
The chart below is the market structure projection chart that we have been publishing for months. It has provided a good guide for the general movements of the markets. Recently is become clear that the markets which sometimes will move plus or minus a week to these projections have consistently been leading about a week since roughly May/June. In evaluating this behavior, we are presenting a chart which shows market structure projection both as it has been plotted and published on these pages - the dark magenta line, and also the same market structure projection plot shown offset by one week. As can be seen, especially in the near-term, these projections have been prescient and accurate. We are now entering timing tolerances shown by the boxed areas on the chart below that are probably for an inflection point. This coming inflection point is a very serious inflection point. Its significance implies a turn from up to down in the markets for the next five months or so - with weakness biasing into February and March next year.