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MAY 11, 2023 – As forecast, inflation didn’t change much last month. But, did fall below 5.0%. Significant declines will occur over the next two months.
The 3-month annualized inflation rate is high at 5.7%. The 6-month annualized inflation rate is 3.6%. These figures bracket the annualized rate (4.9%) and thus indicate the decline in the annual CPI should slow down after the next two months are in.
Based on the data, my prediction for next month’s figure is 4.1%-4.3%. I like the data and am confident the next reading will be in that range.
As for the July 12th forecast, the data now suggests a figure around 3.2%-3.4%. The odds for a figure around 2% are about nil, unless we have full blown deflation show up. Doubtful, but there are signs we may get surprise negative readings in the coming months. I will need to see it to believe it. After bottoming with the July 12th figure, it looks like inflation will rebound in the second half of the year to the 5%-6% range. That said, we will be far below the double-digit rates many people have been forecasting for the past year. However, this will make the Fed consider more rate increases. Something, the market is not pricing in at this time.
A bit of trivia. The annual CPI rate has decreased for 10 straight months. I am certain that streak will extend to 12 months. The only times such a streak occurred was in 1921 and 2012. Neither were around a recession or stock market crash.
BANKS – Regarding banks, week after week goes by without any closures. At this point, we are much closer to my forecast of 0-10 closures than the 176-200 closures forecast by many people. Pac West seems to be the bank on the hot seat right now. It is one of the ten banks I listed a few months ago.
The Regional Bank Index (KRE) broke down last week and is about 10%-15% below the low set the Monday after the SVB/SBNY closings. This is saying the market expects to see CRE loan losses (I am going to post about this soon) increase the remainder of the year. No surprise in that forecast.
HOUSING – The American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Home Price Appreciation (HPA) Index was up 1.4% month-over-month in March. I believe it has been up every month this year. NAR reported that home prices increased in 70% of metro areas in the First Quarter of 2023. The Homebuilders Stock Index is up a full 40% from last year’s lows. Those who forecast a crash in the housing market appear to be way off. As I forecast about a year ago, the housing market would slow way down and possibly go slightly negative (that has occurred in the hottest markets). A year later I am seeing a slightly improving market ahead.
Til next month.
The Mann