Category Archives: Inflation

Better Than Most

Market Memo

September 2022 – By Kyle Rohrwasser

“I continue to believe that the American people have a love-hate relationship with inflation. They hate inflation but love everything that causes it.” – William E. Simon

The most recent example of the quote above was the liquidity provided by the Federal Reserve during the COVID pandemic through stimulus and PPP loans. There has also been a slow building of a swelling governmental budget and accommodative banking practices with the use of quantitative easing (increasing the money supply). This caused increased stock prices, home prices, more economic activity, in turn more jobs, etc.… all things Americans love! Now we face the reverse as the Fed will be restrictive for the foreseeable future.

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I Have Heard That One Before

Market Memo

July 2022 – By Kyle Rohrwasser

In last month’s memo, I quoted Jerome Powell; he stated in May that the Federal Reserve (Fed) would not raise the federal funds rate higher than 50 basis points in June, but they moved it to 75 basis points after a higher-than-expected inflation number. This time around a 75-basis point rate hike is locked in but a 100 (1%) basis point move is still on the table.

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Federal Reserve vs. Inflation – The Battle Continues

June 2022 – By Kyle Rohrwasser

Last month, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell put any mention of a 75 basis point hike to bed, implying that they would not move too quickly.  However, after the June 10th inflation report came in higher than expected (8.6%), the idea of a 50-point hike seemed like nowhere near enough. In a sign that the Fed is serious about fighting inflation, and willing to pivot quickly as the economic data changes, the Federal Reserve hiked the Federal Funds rate 75-basis points (0.75%). In addition, they also updated their estimates projecting a year-end Federal Funds rate of 3.4%, substantially higher than initial projections of 1.9% made in March.

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Inflation Update

June 2022 – Scott Rosenquist, CFA®

The consumer price index (CPI) for the month of May came in higher than expected. The headline number was up 8.6% over the last year showing the largest increase in decades as price increases were broad based with gas, food and shelter contributing the most. Investors were looking for signs of inflation peaking but will have to remain patient as economic conditions continue to tighten. The Federal Reserve has signaled several interest rate increases over the coming months while also starting to reduce the size of their balance sheet. This process will take time to filter through the economy although the market has anticipated this and reflected across several financial asset classes. The Federal Reserve meets this week and investors are looking to see if they act more aggressively than previously signaled to combat rising prices.

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