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Federal Reserve Study: Consumers Do Not Expect Inflation Spike Will Last Long

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Consumers do not expect the spike in inflation will last long. That’s the conclusion of six economists from the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

“Besides its tragic human toll, the pandemic has brought about extraordinary economic dislocation, including unprecedented supply and demand imbalances that have resulted in a sharp rise in inflation,” says a Thursday, Feb 14, post from the six economists who examine the results of a monthly survey of consumer expectations for inflation conducted by the New York Fed.

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“Our measures indicate that consumers seem to recognize the unusual nature of the current inflation experience,” concluded the economists.

In December, the annual inflation rate hit a 40-year high. Last week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported inflation surged higher still, to a 7.5% annual rate in January, adding to inflation fears. In the early 1980s, inflation resulted in stiff rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, causing a long recession from July 1981 to November 1982. Recessions trigger bear markets.

Which makes the New York Fed’s analysis of this monthly survey of consumer inflation expectations important and timely: Consumers in January expected a 5.8% inflation over the next 12 months, and a decline to 3.5% in three years.

Although inflation is alarming, the Fed’s analysis is one of several signs the inflation spike will not last long.

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