Inflation has surged recently, raising concern that the US economy faces its biggest threat to pricing stability since the 1970s. The counterargument: inflation is transitory and the recent runup in prices will fade as production bottlenecks linked to the economy’s reopening fade. Even if inflation turns out to be more persistent than some forecasters expect, the Federal Reserve will step in and nip the problem in the bud.
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* Chicago Fed Nat’l Activity confirms US economic growth accelerated in May:
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* Yield on US long Treasury bond under pressure amid rethink on reinflation:
Inflation is the main macro focus these days, namely: Is the recent runup in pricing pressure transitory or enduring? The crowd is consumed with the question, but last week’s Federal Reserve meeting reminds that the central bank’s policy decisions still have the power to bring disinflation risk back to the fore.
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Wednesday’s policy meeting was supposed to be a non-event. The Federal Reserve was widely expected to leave interest rates pinned near zero while the central bank reaffirmed that its view that the recent surge in inflation is temporary. Both forecasts proved to be correct, but the Fed hinted that it is considering raising rates sooner than expected. The news sent markets reeling and analysts reconsidering how vulnerable the economy is to tighter monetary policy.
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* US dollar on track for its best week since last September
* Commodities take a hit on China crackdown and stronger dollar
* US Leading Economic Index continued to increase in May
* Philly Fed Mfg Index continues to reflect solid expansion in June
* US jobless claims post unexpected gain, rising to highest level in a month
* 10yr-2yr Treasury yield curve slips to narrowest spread since early March: