Total new manufacturing orders rose 1.56% in February following declines in January (1.03%) and December (2%). Orders are 0.6% below February 2013 levels. The bigger picture is of the course the more worrying:
And the bigger picture is that historically declines in orders have always been accompanied by declines in the Federal Funds Rate. I will not need to go too far into the fact that rates have not risen as they usually do. So why is the Fed tapering? Well, while asset prices have risen fine and dandy, underlying economic growth has not similarly responded.
And we see the same picture with respect to producer price inflation:
If QE has not worked and interest rates are as low as they can go and sovereign debt is as high as it can go, where do we go from here?
And so more charts while we are at it: