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14 Oct 2021 Has the CPI Accident Waiting to Happen, Just Happened?

  • September's core CPI was flattered by unsustainable declines in airline fares, lodging and used car prices...
  • ...But rents rose at the fastest pace in 15 years, so all eyes now will be on the October report.
  • Stop Press: FOMC minutes confirm tapering to be announced at the November meeting.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

27 Sept 2021 The Capex Revival Continues; Boeing will Flatter the August Numbers

  • Core capital goods orders are the best immediate proxy for business capex; strong growth continues.
  • The rebound in mortgage applications and home sales continues after the H1 slump...
  • Covid fear, lower rates, and easier lending standards are all helping to push up activity; more to come?

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

22 Sept 2021 Brace for the Warning that Tapering is Coming in November

  • The FOMC and Chair Powell appear prepared to signal that tapering will start in December.
  • Expect more dots for a 2022 rate hike, but the median forecast likely will still be for the first move in 2023.
  • Existing home sales are falling slowly, while inventory is rising; price gains are slowing.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

21 Sept 2021 Productivity Prospects Revisited: Strong Capex Kicks-in Quickly

  • Faster growth in capex will boost productivity quickly, long before the capital stock is fully rebuilt.
  • A re-run of the late 90s productivity boom is a high bar, but even a modest gain would make a difference.
  • Homebuilders like the Delta-driven uptick in demand, but a return to the winter peak is not in the cards.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

17 Sept 2021 August Retail Sales Signal Resilience in the Face of Delta

  • Technicalities flatter August retail sales, but the upside surprise is real; an echo of earlier Covid-era patterns.
  • States suffering most from the Delta wave have rela- tively low immunity, but the national wave is breaking.
  • The risk of a serious further wave is fading as total immunity approaches Delta-suppressing levels.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

7 Sept 2021 Delta Hit August Jobs Hard, and the Rebound will Take Time

  • Delta dampened August job growth; September will be weak too, and October is at risk.
  • The tapering announcement will be delayed; December now looks the best bet, but it could be later.
  • Fed hawks will continue to emphasize faster wage growth; Chair Powell is focussed on unit labor costs

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

2 Sept 2021 The Delta Wave is Making Itself Felt in Labor Market Data, More to Come

  • Homebase and ADP both suggest Delta hurt August job gains; we look for a 400K payroll print tomorrow.
  • The modest August gain in the ISM likely won't be sustained; supply-chain pressures have peaked.
  • Mortgage applications have risen for two straight months; the revival likely will continue in September

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

15 July 2021 No Blink from Chair Powell, Despite Another Surge in the CPI

Chair Powell made it clear yesterday that the Fed's leadership is sticking to its view that the reopening surge in inflation is due mostly to "base effects… and production bottlenecks or other supply constraints", which will not last.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

2 June 2021 Will Auto Sales Jump as Businesses Buy Again and Chip Shortages Ease

After two months of upside surprises, most auto industry publications expect today's May headline sales number to drop quite sharply, 

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

27 May 2021 Manufacturing is Still Recovering, but Momentum has Eased

It would not be fair, yet, to describe the industrial recovery as faltering, though you could be forgiven for looking at the recent path of core durable goods orders and wondering.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

27 Apr 2021 Core Capital Goods Orders aren't Softening, it Just Looks that Way

It's tempting to look at our first chart and think that the recovery in capex is hitting a wall.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

16 Apr 2021 More Gains for Retailers as Stimulus Cash Flows, Reopening Continues

The 9.8% surge in March retail sales comfortably beat the consensus because the consensus was too timid, given that the March stimulus payments were two-and- a-half times bigger than the January handouts.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

US 22 Mar 2021 The Services Sector Reopening Likely Drove up March Payrolls

Evidence is accumulating that the gradual re-opening
of the economy is making a material difference to the level of activity in the services sector.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

17 Mar 2021 The Fed will Stick to its Guns Today, no Changes to QE, and no Taper Talk

The FOMC will revise up its growth forecasts today, in light of the sustained drop in Covid cases and hospitalizations, which is triggering a gradual reopening of the services sector, and the passage of the American Rescue Act, which will pump $1.9T into the economy.

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

16 Mar 2021 Did Stimulus Payments Offset the Storm Hit to February Retail Sales

The February retail sales numbers are a real wild card; you should be braced for outcomes some distance from the consensus forecasts, in either direction. 

Ian Shepherdson (Chief Economist and Founder)U.S.

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