Category Archives: CPI

US Retail Spending Cools As Inflation Edges Higher

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The US economic profile hit some turbulence in yesterday’s updates on retail sales and consumer inflation in January. The surprisingly soft spending data suggest that the macro trend has moderated in the kickoff to 2018 while pricing pressure can no longer be counted on to remain unusually low. Reviewing the latest reports in terms of […]

Treasury Market’s Inflation Outlook Dips From Four-Year High

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The Treasury’s market’s implied inflation forecast last week reached the highest level since 2014, reflecting growing concern that pricing pressure is heating up. But the reflation trade has cooled this week, providing support for some analysts who argue that inflation fears are exaggerated. A reality check is due to arrive in today’s January update on […]

Research Review | 19 January 2018 | The Business Cycle

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Fama-French Factors and Business Cycles Arnav Sheth and Tee Lim (Saint Mary’s College of California) December 4, 2017 We examine the behavior of Fama-French factors across business cycles measured in various ways. We first split up the business cycles into four stages and examine the cumulative returns of factors in each of those stages. We […]

Treasury Market Inflation Estimate Jumps To Eight-Month High

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Official inflation rates for the US are still low, but the Treasury market is expecting firmer pricing pressure in 2018. The implied inflation rate based on the yield spread for the nominal 10-year Note less its inflation-indexed counterpart rose to 1.93% on Thursday (Dec. 21), according to daily figures published by Treasury.gov. The increase marks […]

Fed Officials Offer Mixed Outlook On US Inflation

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If you’re confused about the state of the US economy and what it means for monetary policy, you’re not alone. Speeches by Federal Reserve bank presidents on Monday outlined starkly different tones on the inflation outlook, which suggests that the case for more interest-rate hikes in the near term remains muddled. New York Fed President […]

Fed Raises Interest Rates As Q1 GDP Growth Estimates Dip

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The Federal Reserve raised interest rates yesterday as the Treasury market reacted by lowering yields. The softer market yields could be a vote of confidence in the Fed’s monetary policy in the sense that inflation worries are contained. An alternative view is that the bond market is becoming anxious at the sight of tighter monetary […]

Fed Raises Interest Rates As Q1 GDP Growth Estimates Dip

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The Federal Reserve raised interest rates yesterday as the Treasury market reacted by lowering yields. The softer market yields could be a vote of confidence in the Fed’s monetary policy in the sense that inflation worries are contained. An alternative view is that the bond market is becoming anxious at the sight of tighter monetary […]