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Jerome Powell delivered the much anticipated FOMC rate decision on Wednesday. When the statement came out at 2:00 PM the markets rallied to a new daily high. However, when the Chairman spoke the markets sold off to a new low for the day. And, the dominos are still falling.

Treasury yields fell sharply after the Fed rate announcement. The bond market still signals expectations of a pause in interest rate hikes, despite Fed Chair Powell’s comments.

Jerome Powell 

Jerome Powell was quoted in his semi-annual testimony before the Senate Banking Committee as saying.

“The latest economic data have come in stronger than expected, which suggests that the ultimate level of interest rates is likely to be higher than previously anticipated,”

Yesterday the FED Chairman sounded a bit more dovish, yet markets are still range bound, as we can see in the chart below.

What are we doing now?

Keep in mind the markets are not trending like 2020-2021, so we are more cautious.  

The SPX is range bound, so this changes our investment strategy.

For now, we’ll add to bond exposure. We’ll stay with gold and silver long positions, and we’ll add to SPXU, QID, SQQQ, TZA, hedges if the markets look weak in the short-term.

Jerome Powell SPX range bound

David Rosenberg, the ex-Merrill Lynch economist who founded Rosenberg Research, sums it up pretty well.

“Peak growth. Peak inflation. Peak credit cycle. Peak rates. Buy bonds!”

Hedges – Small Cap Bear 3x TZA

Direxion Small Cap Bear 3x ETF (TZA) is another position where we are hedging our exposure to The Russell 2000 Small Cap Index (IWM) and its small cap banks.

Deutsch Bank (DB), Credit Suisse (CS), Pacific West (PACW) and First Republic (FRC) banks were under pressure this week.

If more banks follow, TZA will hedge the potential fallout.

Jerome Powell Dominoes - TZA

Hedges – Gold and Silver

We have gold and silver exposure as well, with an emphasis in iShares Silver Trust (SLV). This protects against inflation.

Gold Miners (GDX) is another option for exposure to gold miners that are seeing inflows during the banking crisis.

Hedges – iShares TIPS Bond ETF

We also like the iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) for a hedge with respect to inflation. It’s clearing the 200d moving average.

Jerome Powell TIPS

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