Updates – Inflation

Underlying US inflation pressures subside in August

September 29th, 2023|

Lucia Mutikani Reuters September 29, 2023 Consumer spending increases 0.4% in August Core PCE price index gains 0.1%; up 3.9% year-on-year Underlying U.S. inflation pressures moderated in August, with the annual rise in prices excluding food and energy falling below 4.0% for the first time in more than two years, welcome news for the Federal

The Fed’s New Dot Plot After Its September Policy Meeting: Chart

September 20th, 2023|

Vince Golle Bloomberg September 20, 2023 The Federal Reserve’s so-called dot plot, which the US central bank uses to signal its outlook for the path of interest rates, shows the median year-end projection for the federal funds rate is 5.6%. The estimate for the end of 2024 increased to 5.1%. Fed policymakers on Wednesday held

US services sector picked up in August, along with prices

September 6th, 2023|

Ann Saphir Reuters September 6, 2023  The U.S. services sector unexpectedly gained steam in August, with new orders firming and businesses paying higher prices for inputs -- potential signs of still-elevated inflation pressures. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Wednesday its non-manufacturing PMI rose to 54.5 last month, the highest reading since February

Fed Officials Set to Double Growth Forecast Amid Strong Data (1)

September 6th, 2023|

Steve Matthews Bloomberg September 6, 2023 Resilience may lead to fewer rate cuts penciled in for 2024 Separate tracker from Atlanta Fed is at 5.6% for third quarter The US economy has been looking so solid lately that Federal Reserve officials will probably need to double their projection for growth in 2023 when they publish

America Is Back in the Factory Business

August 21st, 2023|

John Keilman Wall Street Journal April 8, 2023 Record spending on manufacturing construction heralds a made-in-the-U.S. rebound, stoked by green-energy incentives and concerns about foreign supply chains; ‘this is here to stay’ Production at U.S. factories rose last year, but few things were produced at a more furious pace than factories themselves. Construction spending related

Will the rest of the world feel China’s deflation pain?

August 21st, 2023|

Chris Gills Financial Times August 16, 2023 Beijing’s economic woes worsened last week after it emerged China had fallen into deflation. The news highlights how the country is struggling to live up to expectations of a strong recovery after emerging from extended Covid lockdowns. But will falling prices have an impact beyond China’s borders, in

Why Deflation Could Become a Welcomed Chinese Export: Next China

August 14th, 2023|

Bloomberg News Bloomberg August 11, 2023 Hello, this is James Mayger in Beijing. China’s deflation threat is real. While that’s a problem for its domestic economy, Americans and many others around the world should welcome the news about falling Chinese prices. The US and elsewhere have been grappling with skyrocketing inflation in the years since the

US REACT: Goods Disinflation Showing Signs of Returning

June 1st, 2023|

Eliza Winger Bloomberg June 1, 2023 OUR TAKE: The ISM manufacturing gauge declined further in May, its seventh straight month in contractionary territory. With consumers shifting their purchases toward services rather than goods, it’s hard to foresee a return to positive territory anytime soon. With the May print showing demand easing and prices paid dropping

US Money Supply Falls for Fifth Month in Hopeful Inflation Sign

May 24th, 2023|

Alex Tanzi Bloomberg May 23, 2023 The pace of US money supply declined in April for a fifth month, an unprecedented stretch that offers hope that inflationary pressures will continue to cool. The M2 measure, which includes cash in circulation as well as bank and money market accounts, dropped 4.6% to $20.7 trillion from the same

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