February Inflation Aligns with Forecasts, Indicating Potential Federal Reserve Pause on Interest Rate Cuts

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February Inflation Aligns with Forecasts, Indicating Potential Federal Reserve Pause on Interest Rate Cuts

BollywoodFever, March 29: February saw inflation aligning with projections, suggesting the Federal Reserve might pause before contemplating any reductions in interest rates, as indicated by a key metric the central bank deems crucial for assessing inflation.

The Commerce Department disclosed on Friday that the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index, excluding food and energy, climbed 2.8% year-over-year and rose 0.3% from the previous month. These figures were in agreement with Dow Jones’ predictions.

When including fluctuating food and energy prices, the overall PCE rate experienced a 0.3% monthly increase and a 2.5% rise on an annual basis, which was in line with expectations for a 0.4% monthly and 2.5% yearly increase.

The release of this data coincided with the stock and bond markets being closed for the Good Friday holiday.

The Fed pays attention to both the overall and core measures but views the core index as a more accurate indicator of persistent inflation trends.

The overall inflation rate was notably influenced by a 2.3% surge in energy prices. The food index saw a modest 0.1% increase. The inflationary pressure was predominantly driven by goods, which saw a 0.5% rise, as opposed to services, which increased by 0.3%. This reverses the trend observed over the past year, where services inflation was at 3.8% compared to a 0.2% decrease in goods prices.

Additional inflationary pressures were noted in sectors like international travel services, air transportation, and financial services and insurance. The automotive sector was identified as a significant contributor to the goods category.

The report also highlighted a significant 0.8% month-over-month jump in consumer spending, exceeding the anticipated 0.5% increase, potentially signaling further inflationary pressures. Personal income saw a 0.3% rise, slightly below the 0.4% forecast.

This information was released shortly after the Fed decided to maintain its short-term benchmark interest rate and communicated its ongoing concerns about inflation, not yet convinced of significant progress towards its targets. In their latest rate projection, Federal Open Market Committee members anticipated three quarter-percentage point reductions both this year and in 2025.

Market expectations suggest the Fed will maintain its current stance in its May 1 decision, with predictions of initiating rate cuts by the June 11-12 meeting. These expectations align with the FOMC’s projection for three rate cuts, as inferred from market activity tracked by the CME Group’s FedWatch tool.

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