US Core inflation keeps rising despite The Federal Reserve slowing M2 Money growth and raising The Fed Funds Targget rate as The Fed plays catch up from Janet Yellen’s “Too Low For Too Long” monetary policies under Obama. And she was … negligent.
US Core Inflation (Core CPI YoY) rose to 5.6% in March despite The Fed cranking up their target rate and rapidly withdrawing M2 Money.
Here is the CPI report for March. At least energy prices are down, but shelter is up 8.2% YoY and food is up 8.5% YoY.
How about REAL wages? Real average weekly earnings growth has now been negative for 24 straight months.
One reason that core inflation is still rising is that The Fed still has not raised rates sufficiently. According to the Taylor Rule, the Fed Funds Target rate should be 11.77% based on core inflation of 5.6%. Hey, The Fed isn’t even half way there. It is like the Doolittle Raiders in World War II dropping their bombs 100 miles off the Japanese coast well short of their target.
Fed Funds Futures are pricing in one more rate hike (and a small one at that) before they resume cutting rates again.
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