Federal Reserve faces dual test of high inflation, bank instability
18 March 2023 | 11:46 am
The US Federal Reserve faces a tricky balancing act, as it tries to navigate high inflation and instability in the banking sector. Alexander Yokum, of CFRA Research, says the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank could affect the Fed's next interest rate decision, despite a 6 percent jump in consumer prices.
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US Federal Reserve expected to stay the course as US consumer prices set to remain high in September
US Consumer Price data for the month of September will be released later this Thursday, and is expected to stay high. Core prices, which exclude food and energy, are expected to have increased 6.5 percent annually last month, a rate not seen in 40 years.
The latest data shows that inflation rose on average to 10.9% across the European Union. The figures come as inflation in the UK hit a 40-year high.
Inflation in the UK has spiked back to its 40-year high of 10.1% as households and businesses continue to struggle with soaring food and energy prices. The data come "despite the Bank of England trying to turn down the heat on this bubbling pot of prices", says Susannah Streeter, Senior Markets Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. The figures will add more pressure to the struggling government of Prime Minister Liz Truss.
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The increase outpaced the predictions from economists. The European Central Bank hinted that another interest rate hike was likely on the horizon.
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The inflation rate in Europe's top economy dropped to 10% for November, preliminary data from Germany's federal statistics agency Destatis showed. This comes after hitting a record high in October.
The euro is performing better than expected with annual inflation dropping to 10% in November this year, partly due to energy prices. But experts are not overly optimistic.
The head of Germany's central bank has said it will take until 2024 for inflation to decline sharply. Joachim Nagel said it would take time for the effect of higher interest rates to kick in.
Consumers can expect more price rises in 2023 and 2024 as energy costs remain elevated, the head of a group of experts advising the German government said.
France's cost of living crisis shows signs of stabilizing, as inflation dropped from 7.1% to 6.7% in December. It's among the lowest levels in the Eurozone, but many households and businesses are still struggling. French bakers are asking for more financial aid, with the cost of flour up a staggering 45%.
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