Fiduciary Corner / Consumer Watch

As we have chronicled, the underlying inflation data is showing persistent signs of weakeningwhile the headline numbers remained stubbornly high. Conversely, we have shown that whileeconomic growth remains strong, the growth is ever increasingly attributable to one sector of theeconomy – the consumer; or more precisely, consumer spending on services. Recent data releasessuggest that both inflation and spending are finally cooling. To continue with the soft-landing analogy (cliche?), we are in final approach but we arecaptained by a team with…

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Fiduciary Corner / Inflation: FAQ

As the inflation story continues to drag on longer than anyone hoped or expected, we continue todissect it and present our findings to clients. In those discussions, a few questions keep surfacing. Here are a few answers: Inflation simply refers to the change in prices, typically reported on a year-over-year basis. Ifan apple cost $1.00 last year but costs $1.10 this year, the ten cent increase amounts to 10%inflation. However, if the price of the apple falls to $0.90, it…

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Fiduciary Corner / Inflation Ripples Continue

As another day (week, month, year) of Fed Watching begins, we thought it would be useful to remind readers that CPI is not a mystical beast but rather a man-made system for measuring price changes across a basket of goods. These baskets are well known and their price indices are published each month. The CPI aggregate index tends to mask what is actually happening in the individual components. Journalists can’t see past the mask and their reports are misleading. They…

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Fiduciary Corner / Pivotal Progress

This past week, Fidelity® wrote about the likelihood of Fed rate cuts in 2024, despite higherthan expected inflation reports in January and February. We made a similar case to clients inlast quarter’s market update and felt the idea was worth repeating. The Federal Reserve closely monitors a wide range of economic conditions whendetermining its monetary policy. While inflation, labor conditions, and wage growth receivesignificant attention, there’s an often overlooked factor: real interest rates (or real yields). FedChair Jerome Powell has…

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