Fed Chair Jay Powell recently noted that the economy is experiencing “extraordinary times.” There are several events to which he could have been referring. He could have been alluding to the trade war with China, which has dominated headlines for much of the year. He could have been referring to oil prices which have risen from $40 to over $70 and then collapsed to below $50. Another item to which he could have been referring is the yield curve, portions of which have already inverted. Risky leveraged loans are at record levels. And there is a whole array of geopolitical issues which may have been on Chairman Powell’s mind including all of the European drama (Brexit, Italian budget issues and Paris riots), election of a left wing president in Mexico and more.