January 10, 2022 — 2021 Ends with Unemployment Below 4 Percent

JANUARY 10, 2022 – 2021 ENDS WITH UNEMPLOYMENT BELOW 4 PERCENT Last month the Fed spoke about accelerating their timetable regarding raising rates, citing persistent inflation and a strengthening job market. Economists are anticipating the first increase will happen in March. The US ended the year by adding 199,000 in December, below the average monthly job growth of 537,000 seen …

December 20, 2021 — Fed Opens the Door to a Spring Hike

DECEMBER 20, 2021 – FED OPENS THE DOOR TO A SPRING RATE HIKE In a major policy shift, the Fed has recognized inflation is an issue and is likely to remain high; as such, they are ready to start raising rates in the spring.  At the conclusion of their 2-day meeting, most of the Fed’s officials have tentatively scheduled three …

December 13, 2021 — Inflation Hits 31-year High; Fed Meets this Week

DECEMBER 13, 2021 – INFLATION HITS 31-YEAR HIGH; FED MEETS THIS WEEK As a fall out of rising consumer demand and covid-related supply chain issues, the US inflation rate hit a 39-year high in November up 6.8 percent from a year earlier. This is the greatest rise since 1982 and it is the sixth month in a row inflation has …

December 6, 2021 — Persistent Inflation is Worrying the Fed

DECEMBER 6, 2021 – PERSISTENT INFLATION IS WORRYING THE FED The Federal Reserve met last week; they no longer describe US inflation as transitory, and will amend their policy to keep inflation in check.  The Fed is trying to decide how to manage the highest inflation rates in 30 years against a labor market that hasn’t fully recovered from the …

November 29, 2021 — Powell Renamed Fed Chair

NOVEMBER 29, 2021 –POWELL RENAMED FED CHAIR In a Thanksgiving holiday shortened week, President Biden announced he would be reappointing current Federal Reserve President Jerome Powell to another term.  Lael Brainard will serve as vice-chair. The confirmation of Powell for a second term is to create continuity in an economic environment that is currently experiencing a large amount of uncertainty, …

November 22, 2021 — Retail Spending Up Despite Inflation

NOVEMBER 22, 2021 — RETAIL SPENDING UP DESPITE INFLATION The Commerce Department announced retail spending in October was up 1.7 percent, more than double the 0.8 percent seen in September, even though prices have been increasing at rates not seen since the 1990’s. The consumer price index was up 6.2 percent year over year in October. With retail sales coming …

November 15, 2021 — US Inflation Hits 31-Year High

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 — US INFLATION HITS 31-YEAR HIGH US inflation rose to 6.2 percent for October, while the corresponding core inflation index (excluding food and energy) was up 4.6 percent year over year.  This was the fastest 12-month pace since 1990 and the fifth month in a row inflation has exceeded 5 percent. Month over month, inflation increased by …

November 8, 2021 — Fed Announces Tapering of Asset Purchases as Data Improves

NOVEMBER 8, 2021 – FED ANNOUNCES TAPERING OF ASSET PURCHASES AS DATA IMPROVES At their meeting last week, the Fed’s policymakers announced changes to monetary policy starting later this month.  They will reduce bond purchases by $15 billion/month, $10 billion in treasuries and $5 billion in mortgage-backed securities. The move came “in light of substantial further progress the economy has …

November 1, 2021 — Economic Growth Falls Off in Q3

NOVEMBER 1, 2021 – ECONOMIC GROWTH FALLS OFF IN Q3 The US economy grew at the slowest pace since mid-2020, at a seasonally adjusted rate of 2.0 percent, in the third quarter.  Economic growth was curtailed by the surge in the Delta variant of the virus and supply-chain issues; the first half of the year was driven by government stimulus …

October 25, 2021 — Atlanta Fed President Predicts 2022 Rate Hike

OCTOBER 25, 2021 – ATLANTA FED PRESIDENT PREDICTS 2022 RATE HIKE Raphael Bostic, the President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, spoke Thursday to CNBC. He is anticipating a growing economy and lasting inflation will cause the Fed to raise rates in the “late third or early fourth” quarter of 2022. Bostic believes, as restrictions associated with covid are lifted, growth …