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Watch out for Fed hitting the brakes

I recently noted a warning to take all of the hype around positive U.S. housing numbers with a grain of salt. It was issued by Robert Brusca, an always entertaining independent Wall Street economist who isn’t easily swayed by numbers. I am now posting again because Brusca just sent me a report via an email that read: “The trends are beginning to look friendlier for a widening array of reports. Look at consumer spending, income, the savings rate, Core PCE and U of M expectations and sentiment. Oh yeah.”
According to Brusca, optimism is still optional, but with inflation (CPI and PCE core) returning to pre-Lehman trends, Fed policy could get “real different, real fast.” Simply put, if deflation stops looking like a threat, the Fed will start back-tracking, maybe even at WARP speed.
Brusca has his own blog called GPS for Investors at http://robertbrusca.blogspot.com/
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THOMAS WATSONis a Senior Writer and editorial board member at Canadian Business magazine. Since winning a community journalism award as a cub reporter with the Hamilton Spectator in the early ’90s, he has covered business, finance, politics and technology for various news outlets. Prior to joining CB in 2001, he reported on the steel and automotive sectors for the Financial Post. Watson received his first magazine award nomination for exposing a stock manipulation plot aimed at Waterloo, Ont.-based Open Text in 2000, when he was head of investor relations for an international venture capital outfit in the City of London. Watson holds graduate degrees in journalism, international relations and public finance and undergraduate degrees in history and politics.