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U.S. inflation falters further – Here is what the numbers show

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  • U.S. inflation rates have dropped to 3% in June, a stark contrast to other advanced economies struggling with high inflation.
  • Major U.S. stock indices have reached 15-month highs, and the dollar’s value is decreasing.
  • Despite the fall in headline inflation, core inflation remains high, suggesting the Federal Reserve may need to raise interest rates further.

U.S. inflation, a persistent worry over the past year, has been noticeably tamed, with rates dwindling to 3% in June, presenting a stark contrast to other advanced economies grappling with high inflation figures.

The latest reports have triggered a dip in the dollar while also showcasing the Federal Reserve’s effective management of price pressures.

A contrast to global trends

As June’s numbers roll in, the U.S. economic landscape is distinctly different from that of economies such as the UK, where the Bank of England is battling an 8.7% inflation rate.

American stock indices soared to their peak in 15 months, the Treasury yield declined to a two-week low, and the U.S. dollar index dropped to its lowest in over a year.

Concurrently, the consumer price index’s annual surge decelerated from 4% in May to 3% in June, representing the slowest inflation rate since March 2021 and narrowly undercutting the predicted 3.1%.

As Bill Adams, chief economist at Comerica Bank, notes, this is a sign of recovery after a severe period of inflation that impeded consumer purchasing power.

The headline inflation rate is inching closer to the Fed’s 2% goal after hitting over 9% last year. Yet, core inflation, excluding unpredictable food and energy costs, has remained stubborn, bolstering beliefs that the U.S. central bank may need to further raise interest rates.

Analyzing the economic implications

Despite the dip in headline inflation, core CPI has only modestly decreased from 5.3% to 4.8% in June. “This is still likely to mean another interest rate increase,” suggests Torsten Slok, chief economist at Apollo Global Management.

The Fed has lifted its benchmark interest rate from near-zero at the start of 2022 to a range of 5 to 5.25%, demonstrating its commitment to keep inflation in check.

Sophia Drossos, economist at Point72 Asset Management, expects another rate increase this month but acknowledges that the path forward for the Fed is uncertain.

Recent labor market data hinting at potential economic cooling and the lowered inflation rate may cause the Fed to reassess its strategy.

In contrast to the Federal Reserve nearing the end of its monetary tightening program, the Bank of England and the European Central Bank are gearing up for several more rate hikes.

Based on futures markets, the Bank of England is set to raise its benchmark rate by about a percentage point to slightly over 6% by early 2024, while the ECB plans to implement about half a percentage point increase this year.

The moderating inflation rate is positive news for U.S. consumers, whose financial power and monthly budgets have been challenged by relentless price hikes for the past two years.

As the Consumer Price Index report for June shows, U.S. annual inflation eased down to 3%, a significant decline from June of last year’s 9.1%.

However, despite the cooling of underlying inflation, the Fed might continue to raise rates at their next meeting. While the 4.8% core rate shows the Fed’s efforts to fight inflation are paying off, it is still well above the desired 2% target.

To achieve this, the central bank is likely to keep increasing interest rates, and another quarter-point hike is expected this month.

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