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Fed’s Favorite Inflation Indicator Surges To 40 Year High In Feb As Real Spending Shrinks

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Nominal income and spending was expected to rise in February (with the former accelerating and the latter slowing from January), and they both did with Personal Incomes rising 0.5% Mom (as expected) and Spending rising 0.2% MoM (worse than expected)…

Source: Bloomberg

On the income side, Feb Private wages rose 12.6% Y/Y, up from 11.2% and highest since Sept 2021 (12.8%), while Feb Govt wages 5.5%, up from 4.9% and highest since Oct 2021 (8.75%)…

Real personal spending was expected to drop 0.2% MoM (in other words, spending is shrinking adjusted for inflation), but in fact dropped 0.4% MoM as perhaps demand destruction is showing up…

Source: Bloomberg

All of which left the personal savings rate hovering at its lowest since 2013…

Finally, and most importantly, The Fed's favorite inflation indicator – Core PCE Deflator – which was expected to rise from +5.2% YoY to +5.5% YoY in Feb. The headline PCE Deflator surged to +6.4% YoY – the highest since 1982…

Source: Bloomberg

Key contributors to the spike in PCE include 'Motor Vehicles & Parts', 'Housing', and 'Gasoline & Other Energy Goods'…

Source: Bloomberg

And bear in mind that all of this was before Putin invaded Ukraine!

Is it any wonder the market is pricing in 9 rate-hikes for the rest of the year? (and then 3 rate-cuts in 2023/24 to rescue the nation from recession)

Source: Bloomberg

Stagflation is priced in… get back to work Mr.Powell


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