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Inflation and Interest Rates: What is the Fed's Current Position

With inflation slowing in the United States as the Federal Reserve suspended its rate increases, you might ask: "Why should the Fed continue to raise rates if inflation fell when these increases occurred? were interrupted?" This is a pertinent question and one that we, as portfolio managers, must continually examine.

A slowdown in inflation, but still above the target

Recently, inflation has actually fallen, going from 4% in May to 3% in June. However, despite this slowdown, inflation, as measured by the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) index, still remains twice as high as the Fed's 2% target. This is a key consideration for the central bank when deciding the next step.

The Fed in the Crossfire: Persistent Inflation and Economic Growth

In the current context, the Fed finds itself in a delicate position. On the one hand, persistent and above-target inflation requires monetary tightening to bring it back to an acceptable level. On the other hand, raising interest rates too quickly could slow down the ongoing economic recovery.

Why might the Fed continue to raise rates?

The answer to this question lies in the credibility of the Fed. If the Fed gives in to the temptation to let inflation slide, it could result in an inflationary spiral, where inflation expectations rise, leading to higher inflation. To avoid this, the Fed must convince the market that it is committed to meeting its inflation target, even if it means raising interest rates.

What does this mean for our investors?

As wealth managers, we keep a close eye on macroeconomic developments and their implications for your portfolio. We need to keep in mind that rate hikes can affect both stocks and bonds. In the current environment, prudent diversification and strategic asset allocation will be essential to navigate this complex landscape.

At Polynesia Wealth, we remain at your disposal for any questions or concerns. Our goal is to provide you with up-to-date and relevant information to help you make informed decisions.

Stay tuned for more analysis and insights from us.

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