MARCH 15, 2023 – This month treated me better. As I wrote last month, the data suggested annual inflation at 5.6%-5.7%, but I thought 6.0% was more likely. It came in at 6.0%.
The 3-month annualized inflation rate is 4.3%. The 6-month annualized inflation rate is 3.2%. Both figures are still much lower than the annualized rate (6.0%) and thus indicate the annual CPI should continue to decline.
Based on the data, my prediction for next month’s figure is 5.6%-5.7%. However, my gut tells me it may be much lower in the 5.1%-5.3% range.
As for the July 12th forecast, the data now suggests a ceiling around 3%. However, the odds for a figure around 2% are starting to decline.
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P.S. I did want to mention that the market has told the Fed another 25bp rate increase is acceptable. After this week’s bank debacle, there is a decent chance the Fed will forego an increase this month. A tough call for Mr. Powell. 25bp is minor anyway. It is more about the action than the amount at this time. We shall see.