Tag: Real GDP

Prices Need To Decline To Kickstart Real GDP Growth. Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Prices Need To Decline To Kickstart Real GDP Growth. Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Prices need to fall across the economy to really kickstart economic growth to the point where Americans can feel it. Unfortunately this is not going to happen. Prices and interest rates will plateau, yet they will remain elevated as the economy stalls. We have a word for this economic condition - Stagflation. If you regularly … Continue reading Prices Need To Decline To Kickstart Real GDP Growth. Don’t Hold Your Breath.

GDP, Inflation, Yields, Currency & 2023 Earnings

GDP, Inflation, Yields, Currency & 2023 Earnings

Real GDP: If the Atlanta Fed is correct, Q3 will be the third consecutive weak GDP quarter given the bank's Q3 Real GDP estimate of 0.3%, which follows two consecutive negative Real GDP quarters.Inflation: We expect inflation to be sticky when the CPI is reported on October 13th. Core CPI will remain elevated largely due … Continue reading GDP, Inflation, Yields, Currency & 2023 Earnings

The Fed: Death By A Thousand Cuts

The Fed: Death By A Thousand Cuts

We had a saying on the sell-side to describe companies that would continually lower guidance each quarter rather than get all of the dirt out in the wash at once (this was pre-2005 before companies mastered the art of guidance). The Federal Reserve did not get the memo. The Fed raised its policy rate by … Continue reading The Fed: Death By A Thousand Cuts

Prices Up, Personal Consumption Down

Prices Up, Personal Consumption Down

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta estimates Real GDP for Q3 at 1.4%. That is likely an optimistic outlook and 1% growth is certainly nothing to write home about. Get used to it however as Real GDP in the -1% to 1% range is likely our future for the next decade or two given elevated … Continue reading Prices Up, Personal Consumption Down

Rate Hikes Are Not Perfectly Priced In

Rate Hikes Are Not Perfectly Priced In

The Financial press has pushed a variety of narratives around interest rate hikes. One narrative is that four 25 basis point increases are priced into the market. Maybe, maybe not.A second narrative that was pushed yesterday was that a 50 basis point increase for the Fed's March meeting was priced in. Unlikely so in our … Continue reading Rate Hikes Are Not Perfectly Priced In

Consumer Prices Have Upside Risk From Here

Consumer Prices Have Upside Risk From Here

Last month we wrote that peak inflation as measured by the CPI was not in sight. We saw further evidence in today's reported 7.5% CPI figure. Producers have yet to fully push through price increases for goods and services for calendar year 2022 across categories. In addition, we keep harping on the BLS' owners' equivalent … Continue reading Consumer Prices Have Upside Risk From Here

Inflation: A Visual Representation

Inflation: A Visual Representation

Inflation is the result when money supply growth outpaces an economy's ability to produce goods and services. We use M2 in the below chart to represent the money supply (the thin blue line). We use the The Producer Price Index (PPI) and Real GDP as productivity proxies. The PPI is measured by the thin red … Continue reading Inflation: A Visual Representation

Inflation Is A Primary Driver Behind The Economic Slowdown

Inflation Is A Primary Driver Behind The Economic Slowdown

Whether it is the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg or CNBC, the business press fails to mention price inflation as a primary factor behind the economic slowdown as measured by Real GDP of 2%. Supply chain bottlenecks and the Delta variant are not exclusively responsible for the stagflationary period we are about to embark on where … Continue reading Inflation Is A Primary Driver Behind The Economic Slowdown

Real GDP Growth Will Not Rebound In 2022

Real GDP Growth Will Not Rebound In 2022

Economists pushing the narrative that Real GDP growth will climb back to mid-single-digit percentages in 2022 have got it wrong. The combination of persistent price inflation and weak labor participation will ensure that Real GDP remains range bound between zero and 2%. The sooner Wall Street pundits learn to say "Stagflation" the more honest conversation … Continue reading Real GDP Growth Will Not Rebound In 2022