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Inflation Refuses to Slow Down, Leaving Fed in a Bind


All the data so far is showing inflation isn’t going away, and is making things tough on the Fed


Latest inflation reports show prices continue to soar in the United States, far above the central bank’s 2% target.

This stubborn inflation has raised concerns at the Federal Reserve (Fed), the institution responsible for controlling inflation.

The Fed relies on inflation data to guide their interest rate decisions.

Persistent high inflation suggests that the Fed may need to keep interest rates high for an extended period or even increase them further.

This could slow down economic growth and potentially lead to a recession.

Despite the inflation issue, the economy has so far avoided significant damage.

However, there are some signs of strain, such as increased credit delinquencies and growing unease on Wall Street.

The continuation of inflation stems from various factors.

One is the ample liquidity in the financial system, which gives consumers ongoing spending power.

Notably, consumers are spending more than they earn, a situation that is neither sustainable nor conducive to reducing inflation.

Furthermore, consumers are dipping into their savings to maintain their spending levels, creating a potentially precarious scenario in the future.

The personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’s primary inflation measure, rose to 2.7% in March, indicating that inflation remains elevated even as demand shifts towards services from goods.

The robust demand and spending are being fueled by the still-strong labor market, where job openings outpace available workers.

This keeps wage pressures high, contributing to inflation.

Fed officials initially expected inflation to subside as housing costs moderated.

While an increase in housing supply is expected to eventually lower shelter-related prices, other areas, dubbed the “supercore,” have emerged as sources of persistent inflation.

Experts believe that demand remains robust despite the Fed’s rate hikes, undermining the central bank’s efforts to curb price increases.

Some economists argue that accepting higher inflation might be the most prudent option to prevent a recession or tolerate inflation above 2%.

While broader economic damage has been limited so far, there are concerns about rising credit delinquencies and growing volatility on Wall Street.

Elevated inflation expectations are also concerning, as they can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy where businesses and consumers anticipate and incorporate higher inflation into their actions.

  • Overall sentiment: negative
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    “Thus far, the economy has managed to avoid broader damage from the inflation problem, though there are some notable cracks.”

    “In fact, shoppers are spending more than they’re taking in, a situation neither sustainable nor disinflationary.”


    “The stubborn inflation data raised several ominous specters, namely that the Fed may have to keep rates elevated for longer or even have to hike at some point.”

    “That came as real gross domestic product growth slowed to a 1.6% pace, well below the consensus estimate.”

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