The pause in rates was as I expected and the hawkish statement was also mostly as I expected. Although the hypocrisy of the statement – with numerous members expecting to see a need for further rate hikes, never ceases to amaze me.
For years these folks have made policy errors which were obvious – zero rates for years even when inflation started to roar – and now they (some members) think they have the ability to foresee the future – where did data dependency go?
My worry with the super hawkish statement is how many more banks will be seized – of course I am ‘talking my book’ since I own numerous banks without current financial information as to how they are performing which turns things into something of a crap shoot – I guess that is the ‘risk/reward’ and all of us know full well that there is plenty of risk in most banking issues. I had already pulled away from buying more bankers and this certainly will temper my desire to own incremental shares.