How the world’s biggest bond funds (and others, just not you) get advance notice of what the Fed is about to do
by Tyler Durden
Posted October 30, 2010
REUTERS HAS JUST RELEASED A STUNNING SPECIAL REPORT DETAILING HOW THE FED LEAKS all important, non-public, and ever so material, information to private parties.
From the report:
On August 19, just nine days after the U.S. central bank surprised financial markets by deciding to buy more bonds to support a flagging economy, former Fed governor Larry Meyer sent a note to clients of his consulting firm with a breakdown of the policy-setting meeting. The minutes from that same gathering of the powerful Federal Open Market Committee, or FOMC, are made available to the public – but only after a three-week lag. So Meyer’s clients were provided with a glimpse into what the Fed was thinking well ahead of other investors.
His note cited the views of “most members” and “many members” as he detailed increasingly sharp divisions among the officials who determine the nation’s monetary policy. The inside scoop, which explained how rising mortgage prepayments had prompted renewed central bank action, was simply too detailed to have come from anywhere but the Fed. A respected economist, Meyer charges clients around $75,000 for his product, which includes a popular forecasting service. He frequently shares his research with reporters, though he kept this note out of the public eye. Reuters obtained a copy from a market source. Meyer declined to comment for this story, as did the Federal Reserve.
By necessity, the Fed spends a considerable amount of time talking to investment managers, bank economists and market strategists. Doing so helps it gather intelligence about the market and the economy that is invaluable in informing the bank’s decisions on borrowing costs and lending programs. But a Reuters investigation has found that the information flow sometimes goes both ways as Fed officials let their guard down with former colleagues and other close private sector contacts.
Frankly, we stopped right there, very much disgusted that we have been proven correct yet again when we asked rhetorically if “Bill Gross just confirmed on live TV that he has an “advance look” at non-public fed data?”. Now we know how it is that Bill Gross knew all too well that the Fed would lower its GDP expectations to 2% three weeks ahead of the minutes release. It also explains why PIMCO is ever so precise in going on margin in purchasing either bonds or MBS.
Fuck it. This is beyond disgusting, but that is to what this bullshit country has devolved: leaking the most important decisions made on “behalf of the middle class” so that a few multi-billionaires can make a few extra soon to be worthless dollars. We will indicate if and when Pimco goes on margin next when the Total Return Fund posts its holding distribution next in mid October, telegraphing what the Fed has told it about the November FOMC meeting, but frankly at this point it is irrelevant. It is now obvious that the Fed realizes all too well that all is lost and just feeding its wealthy clients (that’s right, these people are the Fed’s CLIENTS) the last remaining scraps before it pulls the hyperinflation switch.