The U.S. central bank’s key inflation gauge, the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index, increased by 0.5% in September, according to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department on Oct. 28. The markets are predicting that the Federal Reserve would codify its fourth consecutive rate rise of 75 basis points next month. Midterm elections are scheduled for Nov. 8. Reports indicate that most Americans worry about inflation as they wait to see if the Federal Reserve will raise its next interest rate.
PCE increases by 0.5% in September; Fed to Hike Rate at 75bps. Democrats ignore Inflation complaints
U.S. Commerce Department has published September’s PCE data. The data show a 0.5% increase over September 2022 and 5.1% growth in the year. The PCE is considered the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation as it shows the measure of personal income and disposable personal income (DPI) metrics. “Personal income increased $78.9 billion (0.4 percent) in September,” the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) said on Friday.
Along with the recent consumer price index (CPI), which noted that U.S. consumer costs rose 8.2% in September, there has been a significant increase in wage growth. Analysts believe that the Fed will increase its interest rate by three quarters of an additional percentage point in the next week’s data, according to the BEA. “The level of wage growth is still very high, even if it is moving in the right direction,” Laura Rosner-Warburton, a senior economist at Macropolicy Perspectives told the New York Times. She added:
It’s probably putting upward pressure on services inflation.
CNBC’s financial reporter Jeff Cox says that markets believe that the Fed will hike its rate by 75bps for the next Fed rate raise. However, CNBC’s financial reporter Jeff Cox says: “markets think the Fed might downshift the pace of its rate hikes ahead.” According to Cox’s data, there’s a 60% chance the Fed will go softer in December with a 50bps hike. Surprisingly the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark rate for banks by 50bps on October 26, despite the expectation of a 75bps increase. In addition to the Federal Reserve’s next meeting, the U.S. midterm elections will start polls on Nov. 8, and reports say Democrats may get punished by voters over inflation.
Amid the skyrocketing inflation, an editorial published by the Economist opines “Joe Biden’s protectionism is costly for America and the world.” USA Today’s Ingrid Jacques detailed how Democrats are concentrating on leveraging abortion as a pressing issue, while Americans seem to think inflation is a more pressing matter. For instance, instead of answering a question concerning the topic of inflation, Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, went right back to talking about abortion.
“Democrats have overplayed their hand, and voters know it,” Jacques explained on Oct. 29.
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