Remember that scene in the first “Die Hard” (and the best one (well, the only really good one, I mean, the others are passable, except for that fourth one, but really, the first is a top-rate action movie, the others are just rehashed leftovers,) where John McClane throws the dead terrorist out of the window and the body plops down on the hood of the police cruiser that’s passing by, and McClane leans out the window, already a dirty, bloody mess with a machine gun in his hands, and screams “Welcome to the party, pal!”
That was the first thing that came into my head when I saw this Phil Izzo story (and that probably says something about me, but let’s leave that for some other blog) hit the Tape.
It appears that Wall Street economists, by a two-to-one margin, now believe that deflation is a bigger threat than inflation. So, for all the jawboning the Fed’s been doing about inflation, a con game they are likely to maintain this afternoon, Wall Street’s not buying it anymore.
A Wall Street Journal survey found that by a two-to-one margin Wall Street economists see deflation as a bigger threat to the U.S. economy over the next three years than inflation.
“Deflation is dangerously close,” said David Resler of Nomura Securities, one of 53 economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal. Among economists who answered the question, nearly two-thirds said that deflation poses the bigger risk to the economy over the next three years; the remainder said inflation is the bigger threat. That compares to an April survey, when the economists were split 50/50 over whether inflation or disinflation posed the bigger risk over the next year.
I honestly don’t have much new to say about this; well, anything actually. We’ve been banging the drum on this topic for a long time. It’s just sort of, well, satisfying to see Wall Street coming over to our way of thinking. Even if the thoughts themselves are frankly depressing and even frightening. But you’ve got to face up to reality before you can start dealing with the situation.