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Cathie Wood – economy and a critique of the Fed

The head of Ark Invesment has sent an open letter to the Fed. She went on to describe her view of the current situation.

Criticism of the Fed

The head of Ark Investment sent an open letter to the Fed criticizing their actions.

What bothers her most is that the Fed keeps raising its interest rates. There has already been a 3% increase in interest rates since March and we can expect more increases at future meetings.

According to Wood, the Fed is “making a policy mistake that will cause deflation.”

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However, she admits that the problem is the ever-rising energy and food prices.

“But we do not believe that the Fed should be fighting and exacerbating the global pain associated with a supply shock to agriculture and energy commodities caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

But we can also see other problems

The Consumer Price Index, which rose 8.3% in the 12 months to August, may give us a clue about the state of the current economy. However, this indicator is a lagging indicator according to Wood and we should rather watch what commodity prices are when she said.

“Commodity prices are leading indicators, upstream in the stages of processing. Most commodity prices have peaked and, except for food and energy, are falling on a year-over-year basis.”

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The fact that people are starting to have trouble paying their bills is indicated by the increasing use of credit cards instead of debit cards.

Weaker home sales are also indicative of the current recession, with the US seeing a 5.9% drop in existing home sales in July compared to June.

Internal combustion engine cars have a special problem

Cathie Wood notes the fall in the price of petrol-engined cars. Used car prices are already down 13.5% since the beginning of the year, she said.

“Facing inventory losses, used car dealers are likely to disgorge more inventory, which could push price inflation deeply into negative territory.”

At the same time, she tweeted concern about losses in the $1 trillion auto debt market.

Bruno is an Investment enthusiast with several years of experience in the industry. He enjoys following the latest news and technology trends...

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