What we used to call an ‘inflation day’ –

also,

This is an explicit weak $ policy that is probably altering CB portfolio preferences and inducing price pressures on our imports.

The Fed is sending signals it’s fine with this kind of inflation at least as long as they are forecasting the risk of weaker domestic demand as a result (somehow) of financial concerns. And because they analyze the risks as if we had a fixed exchange rate they see the risks of supply side credit issues as those of the great depression of the 1930’s. Doesn’t happen with today’s floating fx.

Don’t know when/if the Fed ‘figures it out’ but the curve can go from wherever it is to seriously negative should the Fed hike aggressively to ‘get ahead of the inflation curve.’

The inflation is coming from non monetary sources – monopolist pricing in oil, biofuels linking food to fuel, portfolio shifts out of $US due to US political rhetoric and apparent Fed policy of inflating your way out of debt without concern for the value of the currency. Enough to scare any portfolio manager out of $US risk.


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