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Below is a list of our U.K. Publications for the last 6 months. If you are looking for reports older than 6 months please email info@pantheonmacro.com, or contact your account rep

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Ofgem

15 Sept 2022 UK Monitor Will the Better News on CPI Inflation Keep Coming?

  • The month-to-month change in the August core CPI exceeded its seasonal norm by the least this year.
  • The recent decline in commodity prices suggests core CPI inflation will fall sharply next year.
  • Services inflation will be stickier, but the current support from energy price rises and VAT changes will fade.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

9 Sept 2022 UK Monitor A Recession Now Looks Unlikely, following Bold Energy Price Action

  • The average household will spend less on energy over the next six months than during the last six.
  • So a winter recession now looks unlikely, and the MPC can return to focussing on core CPI inflation.
  • Fiscal policy will stabilise demand, not lift it; job market slack still looks set to emerge, limiting rate hikes.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

30 Aug 2022 UK Monitor CPI Inflation to Top 17% in January, if Energy Prices Now Hold Steady

  • Futures prices indicate that the energy price cap will rise by a further 52% in January and 38% in April...
  • ...Implying that energy will directly boost the headline rate of CPI inflation early next year by 11pp.
  • Markets' bets on even faster rate hikes look misplaced; higher energy prices mean more labour market slack.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

26 Aug 2022 UK Monitor It's Not all Bad News on the Inflation Front

We expect Ofgem to announce today that the default tariff cap will increase by 80% in October.

This will boost CPI inflation by 4pp, assuming the ONS treats the government's grant as a fiscal transfer.

Core goods inflation, however, is set to fall sharply this winter; manufacturers and retailers have excess stock.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

18 Aug 2022 UK Monitor The Pace of Core Price Rises will Slow Soon, Broadening the MPC's Options

A jump in food prices was the main driver of July’s rise in CPI inflation, and the overshoot of the MPC’s forecast.

The core CPI continued to rise quickly, but recent falls in commodity prices point to slower increases ahead.

Lower petrol prices will mean CPI inflation undershoots the MPC’s forecast in August; a 25bp hike is on the table.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

10 Aug 2022 UK Monitor Rate Cuts Next Year? Don't Price Them In Until Q4 2023 at the Earliest

Dave Ramsden is the first MPC member to admit rates might need to be cut "quite quickly" in the medium term.

The cuts currently priced-in by markets from late H2 2023 aren't big enough to lower households' interest bill.

But CPI inflation won't be near the target until Q4 2023; pre-election fiscal stimulus will limit the scope for easing.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

2 Aug 2022 UK Monitor Forecast Review: Fiscal Policy and Lower Saving Likely to Avert Recession

We have revised up our forecast for Q4 CPI inflation by 1.0pp since early July; energy prices have surged again.

But we have revised down our forecast for the level of GDP by only 0.5pp in Q4; fiscal policy will respond.

People also have shown more willingness to deplete savings; we still expect a recession to be narrowly avoided.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

28 July 2022 UK Monitor Is Britain Really Faring Better than Other Advanced Economies?

The U.K. composite PMI in July was above the 50.0 mark, in contrast to the U.S. and the Eurozone.

We think that this strength can be largely explained by the small manufacturing sector and recent fiscal policy.

Ofgem's energy price cap will rise by a further 23% in April, if the recent surge in wholesale prices is sustained.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

22 July 2022 UK Monitor A Balanced Current Budget won't be Seen Again if Ms. Truss Becomes PM

Accrued debt interest looks set to top the OBR’s forecast by £21B this year, and £15B in the medium term...

...This leaves insufficient headroom for Ms. Truss to de- liver her tax cuts and still run a balanced current budget.

Labour supply has not been hit by April’s increase in NI contributions; reversing it won't be self-funding.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

21 July 2022 UK Monitor June's CPI Data Unlikely to Spur the MPC to Hike by 50bp Next Month

The headline rate of CPI inflation topped the MPC forecast in June, due to higher motor fuel and food prices.

But the core rate fell, undershooting its forecast, as retailers struggled to pass on higher producer prices.

Core CPI inflation will fall sharply early next year, when recent falls in commodity prices will feed through.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

8 July 2022 The Plunge in Commodity Prices has Improved the 2023 Inflation Outlook

June's Decision Maker Panel Survey shows firms' expectations for price and wage rises have increased.

But households' inflation expectations have fallen back, and more importantly, commodity prices have plunged.

Core goods CPI inflation will turn negative next year, helping to return the headline rate to 2% by late 2023.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

5 July 2022 Forecast Review: The Inflation Roller Coaster has Become Even Steeper

The MPC and consensus still aren't downbeat enough on Q2 GDP; we look for a 0.7% quarter-on-quarter drop.

CPI inflation now looks set to approach 11% in October, driven by further huge rises in food and energy prices...

...But wage growth and inflation expectations haven’t risen, while producer price inflation now is set to plunge.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

23 June 2022 Core CPI inflation Already has Peaked and will Fall Rapidly in Early 2023

Core CPI inflation declined to 5.9% in May, from 6.2% in April, and will fall further in June.

Retailers are shrinking their margins, rather than passing on surging producer prices fully to consumers.

Faltering demand will constrain future core price rises, enabling the MPC to stop its hiking cycle this year.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

27 May 2022 The Chancellor's Extra Measures Meaningfully Reduce Recession Risk

The £15B support package is hefty, timely and targeted; it offsets most of October’s £24B energy bill rise.

The extra cash likely will lift GDP by 0.7% in the second half of this year; this matters for monetary policy.

Strikes will become more common over the coming months, but won’t tip the balance towards recession.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

26 May 2022 Upside Risks to Public Borrowing Won't Stop Mr. Sunak Supporting Households

Public borrowing in April was in line with the OBR’s forecast, but expect upside surprises later this year.

Mr. Sunak likely will not opt to reduce the main rate of VAT; firms would benefit more than households.

Bringing forward April 2023’s large CPI-linked increase in benefits to October would make the most sense.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

25 May 2022 The Sharp Decline in the PMI Makes a Pause from the MPC Even More Likely

The PMI points to GDP flatlining in Q2, but a fall is more likely, given the plunge in government Covid spending.

The MPC shouldn't take comfort from the resilience of the employment index; it lags changes in the PMI.

Many firms still are hiking prices, but the number absorbing cost rises, due to faltering demand, is growing.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

24 May 2022 Considering Energy, VAT and Sterling Scenarios for CPI Inflation

CPI inflation likely would hit the 2% target by April 2023, if energy prices instantly return to early January levels.

Past experience suggests a temporary 2.5pp VAT cut would lower CPI inflation by only 0.3-to-0.6pp.

A 10% depreciation of sterling would boost the CPI by 0.75pp after one year, and by 2.75pp in the long term.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

19 May 2022 The Outlook for CPI Inflation Doesn't Warrant Rapid Rate Hikes

Higher energy prices and tax rises pushed up the headline rate of CPI inflation to a 40-year high in April.

But there were encouraging signs that retailers are starting to absorb some of the surge in producer prices.

Inflation will ease over the summer as base effects kick in and the real income squeeze inhibits services price rises.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

11 May 2022 Fresh Measures to Support Households are Coming Soon

Local election results imply the Tories are not on track to win in 2024, unless they turn the economy around.

Currently planned measures to support households in July and October are too small to move the dial.

Bringing forward April 2023's inflation-linked rise in benefits to October would be simple and well-targeted.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

6 May 2022 New Forecasts Imply the MPC Intends Only One-to-Two More 25bp Hikes

At least two MPC members now think Bank Rate does not need to rise any further in the near term.

The MPC’s three-year ahead forecast for inflation, based on market rates, is its lowest for over 13 years.

Markets’ rate expectations fell yesterday, but they still look too high in light of the MPC's new projections.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

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