The president's attempts to intimidate Jerome Powell probably won't impact Fed policy, with one possible exception.
The biggest risk right now is the yuan level versus the dollar.
Data has been decent, but is showing signs of softness as the demand collapse in the rest of the world feeds into U.S. data.
The prime rate is the lowest rate at which money can be borrowed from commercial banks by non-banks. It typically tracks with the federal funds rate and is generally about 3% higher than the Federal Reserve's rate.
After recent liquidation, it seems the risk-reward is on the downside for the dollar and U.S. bonds.
To a great extent what is happening is just the normal ebb and flow of the market as interest rates rise.
The speed with which this move in the bond market is occurring is whipping around the much-smaller stock market.
The economy is running hot, without stoking runaway inflation, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is claiming some of the credit -- thanks to new-and-improved methods used by central bankers to set U.S. interest rates.
The news out of the Fed triggered computer programs to sell equities, but there is no follow through so far today.