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    • For reference, this is what the yield curve looked like a year ago, on 6/7/2018. It's more normal looking. The cost to borrow for Brad gets more expensive the longer he borrows for. As an investor, the longer I'm invested for, the more I should be compensated.

    • For comparison purposes, both yield curves on one graph.
      Green line - current yield curve
      Yellow line - yield curve one year ago (6/7/2018)

    • The market is pricing a near-100% certainty that the Federal Reserve will cut their benchmark rate by at least 0.25% by the end of the year.

      FYI, the Marketplace crew said the same thing on the broadcast yesterday. You are exactly right.

    • There is even talk among the bobble heads on TV of 2 or 3 more cuts by years end.

      Does anyone, anymore, anywhere, think that cheap money leads to bad investments?

      Beyond Meat - BYND - was up another $35 today. Its going to the moon Alice!

      MMT - debt doesn't matter ( until it suddenly does )

      Print all the money you want - well not you, if YOU do it, it is counterfeiting. Just sayin'

      Just a few topics to consider in relation to interest rates.

      Does anyone ever ask why the Federal Reserve sets rates, and not the market??? It is not an agency of the government.

      We are told there is no inflation anymore, and we need at least 2% for some reason - but Chicken Strips at Chicken Filet have gone from $9.75 to over $11.30 within the last year at my local Chicken Filet - that's 15% in less than a year. Market forces, floods, pestilence, tarriffs, yadda yadda yadda.....

    • All very good points. If rate cuts do happen, there's a good chance stocks continue their trend higher as cheap money floods the market again.

      BYND is beyond insane to me -- a food company with negative EPS trading at tech company valuations.

      Technically, the Federal Reserve is an agency of the government with the "dual mandate" (even though it's really three) of keeping full employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates.

      Agreed with your point that food prices seem to run higher and higher regardless of what's happening in the world. So, the inflation figure that the government puts out is called Core CPI, which doesn't include food prices and transportation/energy costs. It's way out of touch with reality since we all eat and have to go places.