May 07, 2024 | The Sherman Show

Jefferies’ David Zervos on Evolution of the Fed Put and Jay Powell’s Learning Curve (E150)

DoubleLine Deputy CIO Jeffrey Sherman and Portfolio Manager Jeffrey Mayberry welcome back David Zervos, Chief Market Strategist for Jefferies and Head of the Global Macro Division of Leucadia Asset Management. The last time Mr. Zervos was on in May 2019, he discussed Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell’s tenure in harsh terms, so this episode kicks off with what’s changed with Chair Powell, and Mr. Zervos believes he has come a long way. The group then gets into how the Fed acted in March 2020 (7:45), with Mr. Zervos noting that Fed officials think of their reaction as a success, setting up a framework for future intervention. He says areas that could draw Fed attention are private equity and commercial real estate (22:39), “two areas that have gorged on zero rates more than anybody.”

Mr. Mayberry then turns the conversation back to Chair Powell and the specific way he has improved in his role (26:43). In discussing the performance improvement, Mr. Zervos notes, “I look at the evolution from what happened in ’18 and ’19, he really got caught up in the politics of the time and tried to stand his ground at a time when economically that wasn’t a very smart thing to do, and he looked kind of foolish.” The episode also includes discussion of the market’s eagerness for cuts (31:52) and whether there will be one before the election (34:36), what Mr. Zervos likes out there (38:19), the Fed framework shifting from average inflation targeting to nominal GDP targeting (45:53) and what Mr. Zervos thinks are the risks that are not being talked about (47:40). This episode was recorded May 7, 2024.

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  • Jeffrey Sherman, CFA

    Jeffrey Sherman, CFA

    As DoubleLine’s Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Jeffrey Sherman oversees and administers DoubleLine’s Investment Management sub-committee coordinating and implementing policies and processes across the investment teams. He also serves as lead portfolio manager for multi-sector and derivative-based strategies. Mr. Sherman is a member of DoubleLine’s Executive Management and Fixed Income Asset Allocation Committees. He can be heard regularly on his podcast “The Sherman Show” (Twitter @ShermanShowPod, where he interviews distinguished guests, giving listeners insight into DoubleLine’s current views. In 2018, Money Management Executive named Jeffrey Sherman as one of “10 Fund Managers to Watch” in its yearly special report. Prior to joining DoubleLine in 2009, Mr. Sherman was a Senior Vice President at TCW where he worked as a portfolio manager and quantitative analyst focused on fixed income and real-asset portfolios. He was a statistics and mathematics instructor at both the University of the Pacific and Florida State University. Mr. Sherman taught Quantitative Methods for Level I candidates in the CFA LA/USC Review Program for many years. He holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of the Pacific and an M.S. in Financial Engineering from the Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Sherman is a CFA® charterholder.

  • Jeffrey Mayberry

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Jeffrey Mayberry

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Mr. Mayberry joined DoubleLine in 2009. He is a Portfolio Manager on DoubleLine’s strategic commodity strategy while working in portfolio management and trading for derivatives‐based and multi‐asset strategies. Mr. Mayberry is a Strategist on the Fixed Income Asset Allocation Committee and a contributing member on our Global Asset Allocation and Macro committees. He also co-hosts DoubleLine’s weekly Monday Morning Minutes (Twitter @DLineMinutes, podcast. Prior to DoubleLine, Mr. Mayberry was a Senior Vice President at TCW for nine years within the Mortgage Group, where he specialized in portfolio and fund monitoring and analytics. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an M.S. in Financial Engineering from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.