Headline Data Look “Strong,” But Contradictions Abound

The January Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) number was always destined to be a market mover, especially after Fed Chair Powell said that, while the Fed will be lowering rates in 2024, March was not their base case. The +353K NFP number (consensus was +185K) with December’s number revised up to 333K from 216K, and the +0.6% […]

Markets Pay Little Attention to Emerging Data That is, Until They Do

The S&P 500 hit an all-time high on Thursday (January 25) on the heels of an unexpectedly robust +3.3% annualized growth rate of real GDP for Q4. Market expectations had been for a +2.0% print, and even the normally optimistic Atlanta Fed GDP Now model was only calling for +2.3% The chart shows the sources […]

As Inflation Recedes, Will the Fed Act in Time?

The CPI for December was slightly hotter than expected, up +0.3% from November (which in turn only rose +0.1%). The market expectation was for a +0.2% number. As a result, the headline CPI, which looks back 12 months, kicked up to 3.3% in December from November’s 3.1% read. The Core CPI (ex-food and energy), however, […]

In 2024, Expect Lower Interest Rates & Lower Inflation

As we entered 2023, households were still flush with the cash from government handouts, the economy was healthy, the federal government was still running a significant deficit, and interest rates, while rising, had not yet been restrictive long enough to slow the economy. Real (inflation adjusted) GDP grew at an annualized rate of 3.0% for […]